God’s “GOOD NEWS” is so simple that a child can understand it and adults often pass over it.
God loves each of us and wants to adopt us as His children.
But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave he right to become children of God. John 1:12 (NLT)
Each of us does things that are wrong. These wrongs are called “sin,” and God has a rule that sin must be punished. This is called justice. Having sin in our lives makes it impossible for God to adopt us—unless our sins are somehow removed.
For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23 (NLT)
When you sin, the pay you get is death. But God gives you the gift of eternal life because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done. Romans 6:23 (NIrV)
Jesus is God’s Son. He had always lived in heaven with God until about 2000 years ago. At that time, He was born as a baby on earth. God sent Him here to carry out a special mission. His plan made a way for our sins to be removed by his death so that we could be adopted into God’s family.
Here’s how the plan worked: Jesus grew up without ever sinning. Since Jesus is perfect, He’s the only one who could take the punishment for our sins. He did this by dying on a cross, and after three days, He came back to life. This showed that He had power over sin and death. (Later on, He went back up to heaven to live with God again.)
Christ didn’t have any sin. But God made Him become sin for us. So we can be made right with God because of what Christ has done for us. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIrV)
I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me—that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said. 1 Corinthians 15:3–4 (NLT)
We can be adopted into God’s family. Some good things about being adopted by God are:
- You can still keep your family on earth, too.
- God forgives us of our sins. This means the wrong things we’ve done and sometimes continue to do won’t get us kicked out of God’s family.
But God is faithful and fair. If we admit that we have sinned, he will forgive us our sins. He will forgive every wrong thing we have done. He will make us pure. 1 John 1:9 (NIV)
- God sends us His Spirit. (You can’t see Him, but He’s there.) His Spirit guides us as we make choices, and He helps us in our lives.
For His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16 (NLT)
But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22–23 (NLT)