The Reality of Great News
If you think about your life, no matter what your philosophy or world-view, the odds are that you are not doing the things you say you are supposed to do 100%. Take for instance a Buddhist; in order to reach nirvana you must follow the eight-fold path, but this is not easy, and for the most part, only monks have a shot at this.
I am not trying to pick on Buddhists, but to help us see the reality of the world. Even if you don't have a set religious code, you have some sort of personal code, and even with that, you can't keep up with it always. This inability to keep up is something humanity is universally characterized by. All people feel a brokenness inside of them. We are either trying to fix the brokenness through various paths, or we throw in the towel, giving up and resign to suppress our guilt and move on to anything that can keep us distracted and happy.
David Strader, one of our elder candidates, recently shared this exert from The Story of Reality by Greg Koukl that dives into the solution to brokenness that people. feel inside of themselves:
“Mankind faces a singular problem. People are broken and the world is broken because our friendship with God has been broken, ruined by human rebellion. Humans, you and I—are guilty, enslaved, lost, dead. All of us. Everyone. Everywhere. The guilt must be punished, the debt must be paid, the slave must be purchased. Promising better conduct in the future will not mend the crimes of the past. No, a rescuer must ransom the slaves, a kindred brother must pay the family debt, a substitute must shoulder the guilt. There is no other way of escape.
This is why Jesus of Nazareth is the only way to God, the only possible source of rescue. He is the only one who solved the problem. No other man did this. No other person could. Not Mohammed. Not the Buddha. Not Krishna. Not anyone else. Only Jesus of Nazareth could save the world. Without him, we are crushed under our overwhelming debt. Without him, every single one of us would have to pay for our own crimes, and that would take eternity. Jesus alone, the perfect Son of God, paid the debt for those who trust in him so they would not forever.” (Pg. 110).
Jesus is great news to those who are aware of the brokenness inside of themselves, and great news to those who have given up on ever being able to fixed themselves. Jesus is great news because he has paid the debt for our crimes and opened up the door for us to be fixed. The truth is that we as individuals and as the human race cannot escape our brokenness, but Jesus did it for us.
And that is Great News!