The Good News
If you are not familiar with the message of Jesus Christ then I hope you will continue to read this brief introduction to the most important story of all history. The history of mankind begins with a loving God who created this world and all that is in it, including the human race. Mankind was God's special creation which was made in His likeness and designed to live forever. We were created to have friendship with God and to enjoy the world that He had brought into existence.
One of the unique things about us is that God created us with the ability to choose for ourselves; what we think, how we act and whether or not we would worship and honor our Creator. The first couple on this earth were given only one rule from God, which would decide the fate of their lives and consequently the rest of mankind. Breaking the one rule would result in bringing about death and not only effecting their own mortality but the rest of the world's mortality as well. That couple chose to break that rule and that is the bad news for them and the rest of us. God calls that sin, which means missing the mark, and the mark was choosing to obey God and to enjoy friendship with Him. Because of sin, all of mankind became separated from their friendship with God and ultimately suffer death.
Now comes the good news... God didn't give up on His special creation. He promised for many years through His spokesmen, called prophets, of the arrival of a Savior who would heal the wound of sin and bring mankind back into friendship with God. There were several hundred of these prophesies that were so specific that there could be no question as to who this person was when He arrived on the scene, and then it happened. Two thousand years ago a child was born of a virgin mother and was announced by heavenly angels to be the Savior of the world. He was called Emmanuel by the angels which means "God with us" and He was given the name Jesus, which means "God Saves".
He was also called the Son of God and He revealed in His lifetime that He was God who had come to earth in the body of a human to save us from our sins. Not only did He fulfill every prophesy made about the Savior, He also confirmed His identity through miracles which included bringing the dead back to life, healing the sight of the blind as well as many other signs and wonders. He told the world that He was the way, the truth and the light and that no one could have friendship with God without Him. He promised that He would die in our place and would rise again to life on the third day after His death and prove once and for all His identity and our salvation. As was prophesied, Jesus was killed on a cross made for torture and capital punishment, even though He had done nothing wrong. He was buried in a tomb, on the third day He rose from the dead and appeared to His followers for a period of 40 days and then ascended into heaven in their sight. He promised He would also return one day and judge the world.
The good news that His followers announced from that day on was that even though everyone is condemned to die and be eternally separated from God because of their sin, Jesus died so that we might have eternal life and friendship with God for eternity. Salvation is a free gift from God to all those who will repent of their sin and believe in Jesus as the one who saves mankind from sin and its results.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
"...if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation"
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:8-10
I would like to encourage you to find out more by reading the complete story of Jesus found in the writings titled Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Holy Bible. If you don't know where to get a Bible, please e-mail me and I will send you one free of charge. This short story that I have included on this website is only an introduction to the most important message to the world and I hope you will continue to learn more about Jesus and will believe in Him as your Savior. Ask Him to forgive you of your sin and to bring you into friendship with Himself and you will be saved.