The Good News
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
— Romans 6:23
The good news is this: “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” It is a gift, a free gift that cannot be earned nor deserved.
We all remember the excitement of opening gifts as children. We did not have to pay for those gifts. We did nothing to earn them. We simply opened them and received them. A gift is the opposite of a wage. We earn and deserve our wages. We don’t earn or deserve a gift. If we did, it would be a reward and not a gift.
How is this all possible? We still have to deal with the bad news. Jesus made the way possible for us by dealing with the bad news Himself. Two thousand years ago on a Roman cross outside the city walls of Jerusalem, Jesus took the bad news and became sin for us.
Yes, the wages of sin is death, and He died our death on the cross, paying the penalty for our sin. He paid the price, so now we can finish the verse with this good news, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” He made a way out of no way. Our part is to receive this God-provided and free gift by faith alone in Him.
What a difference there is in these two bits of news. The bad news is that sin is costly, and it has a wage attached to it. The good news is that eternal life is free. It is God’s gift to us. And that is no joke!
Memorize this verse, meditate on the incredible price that Jesus paid for your sin. When we were so undeserving, He made a way for us to receive the greatest gift ever given, “eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(Adapted from the Joshua Code by O. S. Hawkins, copyright Thomas Nelson).
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift of eternal in Christ Jesus. I receive the gift of salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus with thanksgiving. I am saved by grace through faith. I have eternal life in Jesus Name. Amen