No news is good news. That is a proverb which may have comforting relevance to daily human life but when it comes to man’s spiritual condition and our relationship with God, no news would be the worst of news. Without the evangel, the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are in a desperate state, lost and without hope.

The Bible says that without Christ, mankind is without God and consequently, without hope in the world (Ephesians 2:12closeEphesians 2:12 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. (ESV) closeEphesians 2:12closeEphesians 2:12 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. (ESV) 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. (ESV) ). The problem is our sin “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23closeRomans 3:23 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (ESV) closeRomans 3:23closeRomans 3:23 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (ESV) 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (ESV) ). We sin because we are sinners. It is as natural to us as breathing, part of our very fabric and nature. Our conscience tells us this, the Scriptures tell us this. Sin is the transgression or the breaking of God’s law (1 John 3:4close1 John 3:4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. (ESV) close1 John 3:4close1 John 3:4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. (ESV) Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. (ESV) ) and brings us under the just wrath of God (Romans 1:18-32closeRomans 1:18-32 God's Wrath on Unrighteousness 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and spanine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (ESV) closeRomans 1:18-32closeRomans 1:18-32 God's Wrath on Unrighteousness 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and spanine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (ESV) God's Wrath on Unrighteousness 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and spanine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (ESV) ). We are alienated from God (Isaiah 59:2closeIsaiah 59:2 but your iniquities have made a separation
between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
so that he does not hear. (ESV)
closeIsaiah 59:2closeIsaiah 59:2 but your iniquities have made a separation
between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
so that he does not hear. (ESV)
but your iniquities have made a separation
between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
so that he does not hear. (ESV)
) and we cannot do anything to remedy the situation or to save ourselves (Ephesians 2:8-9closeEphesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (ESV) closeEphesians 2:8-9closeEphesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (ESV) For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (ESV) ). No amount of human effort, religious works and piety, or good intentions can address our need. Salvation takes divine intervention.

That divine intervention is the gospel. What we could not do for ourselves, God, in amazing grace, did for us in Christ. God so loved the world of sinners (John 3:16closeJohn 3:16 For God So Loved the World 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (ESV) closeJohn 3:16closeJohn 3:16 For God So Loved the World 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (ESV) For God So Loved the World 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (ESV) ) that He sent His eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to rescue us. He did so by living a sinless life in perfect obedience to the Father (John 8:29closeJohn 8:29 29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” (ESV) closeJohn 8:29closeJohn 8:29 29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” (ESV) 29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” (ESV) ), then dying on the cross as a sacrifice for sin to satisfy the just wrath of God and to take sin away by His shed blood (Hebrews 9:26closeHebrews 9:26 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. (ESV) closeHebrews 9:26closeHebrews 9:26 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. (ESV) 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. (ESV) ), and then rising again from the dead to prove that His death was absolutely successful (Romans 4:25closeRomans 4:25 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. (ESV) closeRomans 4:25closeRomans 4:25 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. (ESV) 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. (ESV) ). Thus the gospel is the person and work of Christ, all the merit of His life, all the merit of His death that becomes ours by faith alone in Christ alone apart from human works. “There is salvation in none other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12closeActs 4:12 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (ESV) closeActs 4:12closeActs 4:12 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (ESV) 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (ESV) ). Come to Christ now in all of your need, turn from your sin, and trust Him to save you and He will (Acts 16:31closeActs 16:31 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (ESV) closeActs 16:31closeActs 16:31 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (ESV) 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (ESV) ). He will give you the gift of eternal life and impart His Spirit to enable you to live in a way pleasing to Him. Now that’s good news!