14After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15”The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news.” (Mark 1:14-15)
The Good News is here and I’m so excited to share it with you. What is “The Good News?” It’s that Jesus went to the cross and died for our sins.
Well, that doesn’t sound like “Good News.”
The good in this news is that Jesus rose from the grave, defeated death, and showed the world that He is the only way to eternal life, and to a relationship with our God in Heaven. Before Jesus came to Earth, there was no relationship with our Creator, it was just a hidden room in the Tabernacle where the Holy of Holies would visit the High Priest. Then God sent us His one and only Son to establish a relationship with all of mankind. So that’s the first part of the Good News, that thanks to Jesus, we can have a relationship with God.
God does have some strict standards. He expects us to live good lives. Not perfect lives, but as good, moral human beings. He set His most important rules back in the Ten Commandments. Just ten simple rules to live by, like honoring your mother and father, not lying or stealing, not murdering. God’s chosen people had a hard time living up to those standards. Jesus came to Earth and set the standards a little higher in some areas (hatred in your heart was as guilty an offense as murder), but clarified what was truly important as well. But the other part of the Good News is this: no matter the sin, or crime, or wrong you have done, it is all forgiven. Jesus paid the ultimate price for you. Good News indeed!
Reading plan: Mark 1
Deeper reading plan: Leviticus 19-23
Prayer and meditation: continue to pray for your request from day 1 and ask God to bless this next month.
Fitness challenge: Run one mile for time! Your goal should be completing the mile in less than 14 minutes.