The message of the gospel is that Jesus died for our sins in our place, that He rose from the dead on the third day to give us eternal life, and that to receive this “good news” we must choose to place our faith in Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

This “good news” of eternal life and restored peace with God comes after millennia of “bad news.” All of creation groans because of our rebellion against God. Though we rarely hear the term, “sin,” outside of church (and sometimes not inside the church), sin is nonetheless the root problem of all the world’s troubles.

What’s wrong with the world? As it turns out, the problem is me. The problem is all of us. That is certainly not a popular message to a blame-resistant society, but it is at the heart of the “good news” of the gospel.

Simply put, our sin is rebellion against God, not just in what we do, what we think, and what motivates us. Our propensity to sin is sewn deep into our human nature.

And sin means suffering, pain, and ultimately death— not just physical death, but eternal death separated from God in hell, the lake of fire. The Bible says: “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That’s the “bad news.”

The “good news” of the gospel that we share is that Christ’s death paid the full penalty of our sin and His resurrection grants us eternal life. While we freely receive forgiveness and life through faith in Jesus, the price of our salvation cost God the death of His Son. Salvation is free to us, but not cheap.

Authored by Dr. David F. Ingrassia, Stewarding Pastor of Charlotte Awake