There are billions of people who have lived and are living on this globe, and every one of them shares at least one thing in common - we each love to receive good news. Remember the joy when you heard these or similar phrases? "We're doing to have a baby!" "You got the promotion!" "It's not cancer!" "I'm going to let you off with just a warning this time." We love to receive good news, don't we?
The people of Rosemont Baptist Church want you to hear what is not just good news, but great news! You see, we know the answer to the greatest question of all - why are we here? We are all here to see, know, enjoy and proclaim the glory of the God who created us. That glory is all around us. Look at the universe with its many planets and moons, all constantly rotating and revolving on exact planes at exact speeds, with perfectly balanced gravitational pulls, never a planet or moon spinning off into space. Consider the location of the earth in relation to the sun, perfectly situated to support all forms of life, not too hot, not too cold. Consider the wonders of this earth with its majestic mountains, deep valleys, tropical rain forests, and snowy wildernesses. Consider the billions of varieties of plant life and animal life, each unique, amazingly complex, and perfectly suited for the environment in which it lives. Most of all, consider the human body, composed of thousands of organs, each working in harmony to support the whole, billions of cells, each more complex than the largest city on earth, a brain which controls every piece of the body, a mind which reasons and feels emotions and produces language. All of this is the glory of the God who made it. All of it is evidence of His existence and wonder. And we are created unlike any other part of it, to be able to appreciate and enjoy the awesome God who made it all.But the news gets even better. God has not limited His revelation of Himself to creation alone. The apostle Paul said he had seen "the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." That's right. Jesus is God in human form. God made Himself known to us in flesh and blood. Even a quick look at the life of Jesus shows countless proofs that He was not just a man, but God at the same time. Who but God could walk on water? Who but God could stop a tropical storm with His words? Who but God could feed 10,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish the size of sardines? Who but God could heal every disease and sickness and injury immediately? Who but God could raise the dead to life again?Everything He did was a display of God's wonder and majesty and magnificence and power.
But the news gets even better. Jesus existed on this earth for one overriding purpose - to be a Savior for sinners. You see, even though man was created to see God's glory and worship Him for it, every one of us has failed to fulfill that role. Beginning with Adam and continuing to you and me today, we have chosen "to worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator" (Rom 1.25)."We have all turned aside, we have together become unprofitable there is none who does good, no, not one" (Rom 3.12). Simply put, this is sin, and we are sinners. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3.23). And although sin is no big deal to most men, to God sin is a vicious act of rebellion, earning the worst possible penalty - death ( Rom. 6: 23 - "the wages of sin is death." ). We die physically because we are all sinners. But even worse, if nothing is done about this before our physical death, we will also be separated from God in punishment forever and ever ( eternal death ).
So what's the great news? God displayed the glory of His grace by sending Jesus, His only, beloved, perfect Son as the substitute for those who had rebelled against Him. Jesus lived the life of obedience and worship sinners were supposed to have lived. Jesus took the penalty which was earned by sinners - death. And God promises forgiveness, and righteousness and eternal life to all who bow to Jesus as their Lord and place their trust in what He did to pay for their sin. I can think of no greater news than that! Saved by the very God we offended?!
One last bit of great news. How do we know this is true? Because God confirmed everything He had said and displayed His glory again by raising Jesus from the dead after three days, just as He had promised. Again, who could do this but God? And what greater proof could there be that God accepted the sacrifice of His Son, than raising Him from the dead and taking Him up into heaven before the watching eyes of many people?!
Is this great news to you? Have you discovered why you are here? Do you see the glory of God all around you? Are you enjoying that glory and worshiping Him for it? Do you see and enjoy the greatest display of God's glory, Jesus? Are you worshiping Him as your Lord and trusting in Him as your Savior?If so, you are forgiven of all your sins, you are seen as holy and blameless by the God you offended, you are one of His children, and you have an inheritance reserved for you in heaven. Can there be any greater news than that?!
We hope and pray that this gospel is truly the best news of your life!