Good News Bad News

Good News Bad News

Isaiah 61:1-2 KJV “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; [2] To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.”

I’ve got some good news for you and some bad news. As they say, “Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.” The bad news is all the hell you and I have caused others on earth will come back on us multiplied by a number we can not imagine unless we repent.🥺 We have a choice: we can choose to feel others pain now by being compassionate, kind, and empathetic. Or, we will feel their pain forever in hell multiplied by a number we can never imagine. Remember the rich man and Lazarus?🥵 (Luke 16:19-31) This is God’s just punishment.

I know, some are thinking, “I’m a good person so I have nothing to worry about.” Not so fast. Our definition of what it means to be good and God’s definition is two different things. We need to learn and seek God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS. Only the righteous will not suffer in hell. Many so-called, “good people,” will bust hell wide open. We have all broken God’s law and are deserving of His just punishment. Even the nice little old lady who bakes cookies for the kids at Sunday school. None of us are immune. None of us can claim righteousness by God’s standard. He is the judge:

Romans 3:10 KJV “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”

Romans 3:23‭ NET “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

If we do not repent of our sins and seek God’s righteousness we will face God’s wrath on judgment day.🥵 That’s the bad news.

THE GOOD NEWS

Now the good news.😊 The good news is God has made a way so that all of sinful mankind can escape His judgment:

John 3:16 NIV “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 14:6 NIV “Jesus answered, “I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

1 Timothy 2:3-4 NIV “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, [4] who WANTS ALL PEOPLE TO BE SAVED and to come to a KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.”

It is God’s will that all should be saved and know the truth. Belief in Jesus is the only way to God. He is the truth! Accepting His teaching is the only way to be forgiven for our sins and be spared God’s wrath:

1 John 1:8-9 KJV “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he [Jesus] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

As God’s appointed judge of all mankind Jesus has the power to forgive sins. He can declare one person not guilty and another guilty. He has the power to throw one into hell and seat another on a throne in heaven to reign with Him and receive eternal life. Most don’t want to think of God as judge. They only picture Him as a loving father who let’s them do whatever they want and never calls their actions into account. This is wishful thinking and self-deception.

As the righteous judge God can not wink at sin. All sin is lawlessness or breaking God’s law. Just as a human judge penalizes lawbreakers God does the same. That’s what a judge does. But a judge can also pardon lawbreakers and sin.😊 Again, a way has been made, the price has been paid, for each individual’s sin. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross paid the price for our sin. He took our penalty for us. He rose to life on the third day. Thus He is able to give all who accept Him a free pardon. He takes our sin and gives us His righteousness:

2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

The question is, do we want God’s priceless, precious gift of forgiveness for sins and eternal life? Or are we ok with facing God’s wrath on judgment day and going to hell? Those who choose the latter will change their tune later.

Romans 6:23 NET “For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 3:23‭-‬24 NET “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

I implore EVERYONE to accept God’s priceless, precious gift of salvation through Jesus Christ! YOUR SINS HAVE BEEN PAID FOR!!! Accept God’s free gift and live, forever! And that’s the good news.😊

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