Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Best News Ever

Yesterday my wife and I visited a large shopping area full of small vendor booths. There were thousands of people there. The vendors offered some useful things--socks and belts and caps and shirts and food--but far too much of the place was given over to what's degraded and degrading. As we left, my wife said, "Well, you know you don't ever want to come here again." I replied, "No, I wouldn't want to come again except maybe to share the gospel. It could be a wonderful place to share the gospel."

I'm not much of an evangelist. I'm better at urging people to grow in the faith than at bringing them to the faith. But the gospel is still "the power of God for salvation to every one who believes" (Romans 1:16).

Maybe you're new to this blog, or just stopped by for the first time. Maybe you've been reading these posts for a long time. Either way, I'd hate for you to miss the transforming power of the Lord. In a quick summary, here's the good news:

1. The Lord God sent his unique Son Jesus to earth to show people the way and to die in the place of sinners. After dying, he rose from the dead, appeared to hundreds of people, then went up into heaven. (See 1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
2. You and I need someone to rescue us from God's judgment, because we've done wrong.
3. Jesus promised that whoever believes in him won't perish (that is, won't face condemnation and hell), but will have life forever. (See John 3:16)
4. God invites you and commands you to turn from your sins and to believe this good news.
5. Jesus promised that some day he will return to set up his kingdom; to reward his own and to punish all who do wrong.

Have you turned from your sin to Jesus? Do you trust him now? If not, don't wait another day. "Look, now is the accepted time. Look, today is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2).


Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Jim, thanks for sharing the good news in this post as you have. The title you chose for the post reminds me of an incident.

When Brock and I were downtown at Portland's Saturday Market (a large open air bazaar sort of thing, almost medieval), standing in front of a building near the entrance, and reading, simply reading, the Gospel of John out loud as the people passed us by, by the hundreds, a man with his wife and family were just exiting the market and, turning the corner, saw us standing there, reading the Word of God. They stopped for a moment, listened, and then the man said very loudly, "Thank you, brothers! What you have is the best thing at this market!" We paused a moment, smiled at him, and said, "Thank you, brother!" And they continued on their way.

RissaRoo said...

I love this post! You're right, it's the best news ever. And it's so good to stop every now and then and just get the word out, because you never know who may stumble upon it and have eternity changed because of it. You do a great job of summing it up. It's good, also, for those of us who've been walking the walk for years to pause a moment and remember how blessed we really are. And all God's children said....Amen!

Jim Swindle said...

Thanks, Romanós and Rissaroo, for the encouragement.