It’s Simply the Only Way
September 19, 2020
Why is the Good News – Good News? To most people, Christians think that there’s an uneven balance of good and evil in all of our lives. If the good outweighs the bad, then possibly I’ll get to heaven and not go to hell because that is the place reserved those who don’t repent or those who don’t want to know Jesus. If you’ve been around WholeLife Church for a while, you’ll know that simply is not what we teach. God’s grace has provided a way for us to not share, not collaborate, not partner – but simply accept his righteousness as our own. That’s really good news! So why are we not constantly in a state of happiness knowing that, though this world is really hard to live in right now, our life with Christ for eternity is secure in the end? Wouldn’t that be really, really good news? So, why isn’t it?
Could it be because the Gospel was not meant to be thought of as future good news, but good news now. In Mark 1, Jesus didn’t say, “The Kingdom of God is down the road a bit.” Consider Jesus’ statement to the Pharisees when they questioned him about eating with curiously interested tax collectors and sinners: And Jesus replied to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but [only] those who are sick. I did not come to call the [self-proclaimed] righteous [who see no need to repent], but sinners to repentance [to change their old way of thinking, to turn from sin and to seek God and His righteousness].”
Luke 5:31 Amplified Version
Any time change takes place, there is a natural, and sometimes personal, resistance to it—not only because of the pain of change, but also because of the fear. The idea that our self-preservation (or more often our self-interests) will not be met can bring a fair amount of discouragement. We all would like to have an infection inside our bodies cut out, but it’s never a happy thought to realize that we need it done now. The Gospel is truly good news to a lost world. However, we cannot ignore that it is also a personal affront to our living every day. Some will walk away from it, while others will realize that it’s the only way to live.