Who is the most important person ever to have lived? For Christians, that is an easy question to answer:

Jesus.

 

Mark was an author of one of the New Testament books and he opens with the following words:

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 

The word, gospel, means ‘good news’. As Christians, we believe we have been given a message that is good news. This good news message centres around the person of Jesus—whose historical existence is attested not only by the numerous authors of the New Testament, but also by other non-Christian historians and writers of ancient documents.


The good news relates to Jesus’ life, His death on a cross and His resurrection from the dead three days later. 


We believe Jesus lived a perfect life. Deep down, we know that we should be good. Deep down, we all know that it is beyond us to live a perfect life. Sure, some of us might live what we consider to be a good life. But in the Bible God shows Himself to be perfect and holy and He must therefore punish all wrongdoing. The good news is that Jesus lived a perfect life on our behalf and when we become a Christian, God declares us to be in a right relation with Him—even though we’re still not perfect and continue to do wrong! We are unable to do good things to earn God’s favour, but the heart of the good news is that Jesus has already done everything required on our behalf. 

This is good news!


For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
— 2 Corinthians 5:21

We believe that Jesus died on the cross. God says that we deserve eternal separation from Him because of the things we’ve done wrong. And not only for the things we’ve done wrong but because we’ve loved the gifts He has given us rather than Himself—the Gift-giver. God must punish sin and be separate from it; and yet, God loves those who sin and wants to be in a relationship with them.  How can God both punish sin and love people? How can He be a just judge and yet justify sinners?  The good news is that God poured out His anger—caused by our sin—on Jesus. On the cross, Jesus took the punishment that was rightly ours. 

This is good news!


God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
— Romans 5:8

We believe that Jesus rose from the dead. Today, rich business men are investing millions of pounds into research that investigates how to prolong life or even avoid death! In rising from the dead, Jesus demonstrates that he defeated death. We believe there is life beyond this one: for those who have trusted Jesus, and His work on the cross there, is an eternal life with God to look forward to. 

This is good news!


I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.
— John 11:25–26

God created us to enjoy Him above all else. When we follow Christ, we are enabled to do just that. 

The author and evangelist, Ravi Zacharias, puts it like this—'Jesus didn't come to make bad people, good, He came to make dead people alive.'