We begin with a quotation from Carl Henry – “the gospel is NEWS – big news, good news, true news” (God, Revelation and Authority, Volume I, 28).
Why is the gospel big news? It’s for “every person in every nation in each succeeding generation.” It’s for the whole world. It’s big news because it’s more than local news. It’s global news.
What are we to say about big news? Often, big news is bad news! What are we to say about the gospel? It’s Good News!
This Good News has come to us from the past. It’s news that speaks to us in the present. It’s news that will guide us towards the future.
This Good News comes to us from God. It tells us of his love for us. It tells us the story of Jesus Christ, God’s Son. It tells us that Jesus died for our sins. It tells us that he rose from the dead – for us. It shows us the way to eternal life.
We hear about fake news. It makes us wonder, “What can we believe?” The Gospel emphasizes to us that the story of Jesus Christ is true. The story of Jesus Christ is based on the testimony of “eyewitnesses” (Luke 1:2). It’s not based on “cleverly contrived myths.” It comes to us from “eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Peter 1:16).
Big news, good news, true news
“God so loved the world” (John 3:16) – that’s big news.
“God so loved the world” (John 3:16); “God proves his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Roman 5:8) – that’s good news.
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15) – that’s true news.
As we read and hear of this big news, good news and true news, may God help us to receive this wonderful message with faith in Jesus Christ and receive, from God, the gift of “eternal life” (John 3:16).