It’s funny. We say we’re the people with the Good News, yet most of what we have to say doesn’t sound that good. We say there is life in Jesus, but before you can have it you have to do a bunch of stuff. We say there is joy in Him, but we quickly explain that it doesn’t mean happiness. We say there is love, but the only way we know how to talk about it is as something that we are required to do whether we want to or not. We say there is forgiveness, but not until there has first been enough measurable sorrow and commitment to never sin again. This is supposed to be our Good News? This is what we give time each week to be part of? This is what we want for others?
What if that’s not it?
What if the message that we have come to proclaim as the Gospel or Good News is flawed? What if we as the church have distorted the message? What if what the New Testament church leaders said was really true? What if the message was unbelievable better than we have dreamed? What if the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus accomplished exactly what Jesus said it would?
What are we afraid of?
For just a moment let’s consider the possibility of the reality of the New Covenant’s promise. Let’s set aside our preconceived ideas that proclaim a sub version of the Good News. What if…
- There is complete forgiveness of our sins even before we ask for it? Romans 5:8-10
- We are not only free from our past, but also free because we’re made righteous? Romans 5:17
- We are actually made holy by accepting in faith what Jesus did and not by our actions? Philippians 3:9
- We are truly set free from all blame and fault of past, present, and future sins? Colossians 1:22
- We are free from having to measure up to the perfection of holiness? Romans 10:14
- We are accepted and intimately united with God because of Christ? Ephesians 1:6
- The Spirit of God doesn’t just reside inside, but intimately becomes one with us? Ephesians 2:5
- We really are free from condemnation of any kind from God? Romans 8:1
- The greatest need was to humbly receive that we’ve been made pleasing by Christ? Ephesians 1:16-23
What would this unbelievable reality do for you?
Would it cause you to erupt in unbelievable joy? Would it cause you to respond in unexplained love for God and others? Would it create a deep-seated and settling peace within you? What if it caused life and passion to burst forth from the deepest part of you? What if in this new realm of freedom desire actually came alive in you? What if it ignited a hunger in you for more of that freedom? What if you honestly were free from your past failures, your shame, and your fear of failing again? Could this have been the fruit of the Spirit that the Scriptures speak of?
Could this be what we are missing today?
Could it be that this is the Good News that the disciples passionately reported? Could this be what drove the early believers? Could this be what the angel meant when he proclaimed the birth of Christ?
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
I think so!