The gospel is a gospel of grace and peace. "Gospel" means "good news". In fact, it is so good that it's true!
We are forgiven of our sins because of God's holiness and righteousness. Because Jesus was the perfect substitute who died for all of us, God took our entire life of sins and put them on Jesus. God's divine wrath fell on Jesus and therefore today, God will not punish us because the same sin cannot be punished twice.
Jesus has released us from the fear of death. Jesus became a man that through His death, He rendered powerless the devil (who had the power of death) and released those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
By Adam, sin entered the world and therefore death. Jesus has conquered physical death and we therefore do not have to die before our time.
The sting of death is sin but the strength of sin is the law. What empowers death is sin but what empowers sin is the law. When we were under the law, trying to keep the law bears fruit to death and defeated lives. The law is holy but it cannot make us holy. When the law is removed, we become holy by beholding Jesus. All of a sudden, we love others because Jesus first loved us. Under grace, righteousness is a gift. the law kills but the Holy Spirit gives life.
The Cross changed everything. At the Cross, God punished our sins on the body of Jesus and now, God's holiness demands our acquittal. Apart from the law, sin was dead. The hindrance is the stone. Let us resist death. We have no business with death - Jesus has conquered death! There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Jesus met God's wrath at the Cross, including lack of length of days. Today, we are no longer under God's wrath. We are under God's smile. The devil comes to us making us feel that God is angry with us but that is merely the devil roaring at us. God loves us despite everything.
The law brings about wrath. Where there is no law, there is no transgression. Condemnation kills. We are loved unconditionally and accepted by God.
God swore that He will never ever be angry with us nor condemn us. God does not have to swear because His word is enough. However, when God swears, it is something that He wants us to rest in.
When the devil comes as a roaring lion, he always impersonates God's wrath. He make us feel that our prayers are not answered. Declare our independence today! Know that God swore He will never be angry with us again. We are no longer under God's wrath. Instead, we are under God's favour. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Life is flowing in us right now.
For us who sit down with Christ in the heavenly place, with long life God will satisfy us and show us His salvation. It is our satisfaction that is the limit. How long do you want to live? The secret of long life is Jesus. He is the last word. How do we see Jesus? He wants us to see Him in the Word and in the scriptures. God wants to show us this side of heaven on earth. He wants us to see Jesus in the Bible. The more of Jesus we see in the Word, the longer we live. Jesus is the bread of life. He is the water of life. May we all see Jesus, feed on Jesus and partake of His life and health. With long life God will satisfy us by showing us Jesus.
Let us the Holy Spirit lead us. The more we see Jesus in the Word, the more we are transformed by the Holy Spirit in the image of Jesus. We no longer have to worry about what to say or do because the Holy Spirit will lead us. When we focus on Jesus, whatever wisdom we need, it will be there. The more we receive from Jesus, the more we have to give.
The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus. There is nothing for us to do but to receive. Amen.