Good News for You!

Good news for You

Good News for You! A Message for Boys and Girls 

What is the most important thing you can think about?  Maybe it’s the challenge of growing up and having a life of your own.  Maybe it’s doing interesting things every day or going to exciting places.  Maybe it’s the music you listen to, the TV programs you watch, or the entertainment you like.  I have some good news for you!  There is something far more important, more exciting, and more vital to your life now!  I hope you will think very careful as you read this little message.

First, it is important for you to know that there is an eternal, wise, and powerful God who has created everything seen and unseen in the whole universe!  The Bible is God’s book and it says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).  “The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it” (Psalm 24:1).  This means that we didn’t come from a monkey through evolution, but you were created!  It also means that there’s not many so-called “gods” or that God is limited or inferior.  No, God is true and real–and we are responsible to love and obey Him.

It’s also vital for you to realize that every person has sinned.  What is sin?  It is not deeply loving our almighty, all-wise, loving, and holy God!  It’s doing what God doesn’t want us to do, and it’s not doing what God does want us to do.

Here are some examples: Lying or telling something not true (Prov.12:22), stealing small or large things (Romans 13:9), becoming angry (Ephesians 4:31), saying dirty words (Ephesians 4:29), disobeying your father or mother (Ephesians 6:1-2), cheating in school (Hebrews 13:19), being unkind to a brother or sister (Colossians 3:12), being selfish with your possessions (Philippians 2:3), looking at lustful sex pictures (Matthew 5:27-28), not loving people who are poor or are of a different color (James 2:6-9), wasting your time (Ephesians 5:15), misusing your money (Luke 16:10), and not reading your Bible to discover God’s will (Acts 17:11).  One of the most important sins is not loving God with all our heart (Mark 12:29-30)!

God says in the Bible that when we sin against Him, by disobeying His will for us, we make Him angry (this is called wrath) (Romans 1:18; 2:4-5).  We also separate ourselves from Him (Colossians 1:21) and we will be judged by Him (John 3:17-18).  When we become guilty of sin, disobedience, or evil, we will not be able to enter heaven or the wonderful kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).  Instead, the Bible says that we will go to the lake of fire, or hell (Revelation 21:8).  You see, “Hell” is not a curse word but a real place where people go who have not been forgiven of their sin (Matthew 25:41, 47).  If you sinned 10 times a day, that would be 3,650 sins in a year!  Do you see how serious this problem really is?  What would it be like to stand before God on the Great Judgment Day and have to give account for 3,000 or 10,000 or 100,000 sins!  That would be a terrible, horrible, and hopeless experience!

Wow!  Maybe you didn’t realize this before, for no one really explained this truth to you.  You may ask if there is any hope!  You maybe didn’t know about these truths, and life seemed simple.  The most complicated things were your math class, a science project, or figuring out how to build something!  Is there some answer to this very, very serious problem that we all have?

Have you heard about Jesus Christ?  Many people say that they believe in Him and go to church to learn about Him.  But there is something more than this–and something quite different.  Let me explain.  God sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to this world to “save” us from sin and hell (1 John 4:14).  Jesus came into this world, from heaven, to rescue us from the consequences of our sin! (1 Timothy 1:15).  When Jesus came, He lived a life without sin, He taught the truth of God, but then people rejected Him and His message.  They killed Him by nailing him to a cross until He died (Acts 2:22-23)!  Was this the sad end of Jesus?  Is His dead body in some unmarked tomb in Jerusalem?

No!  The good news is that Jesus was raised up from the dead, He was given new life–and this is called a “resurrection” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).  His body was changed into an eternal and wonderful body!  Consider this: Jesus took all of your sins that deserved hell, and He was willing to die for you and me (Romans 5:6-8)!  He died for our sins so that we wouldn’t need to be separated from God for all eternity (1 Peter 3:18)!  Isn’t this really good news!

Good News for You

Does this mean that everyone will go to heaven?  No, very few people will go to be with God because most young people and adults are content to remain in their sin!  How can you and all people be forgiven of your many sins?  God wants you to “repent” of your sins–have a different attitude about your disobedience, and determine to never purposely sin again.  If we repent of our sins and turn from those sins, we can be forgiven (Acts 3:19)!

We must believe that God created everything (Hebrews 11:6), that Jesus is God’s Son and our Savior from sin (John 3:16-18, 36), and that He is the Ruler or “Lord” of our lives and the whole universe! (Romans 10:9-10).  When we confess that Jesus is God’s Son and our Lord, this means that we will not be the “boss” of our own life.  It means that we will not determine what to do on our own.  Instead, when we look on Jesus as our Ruler, this means that we will obey all that He wants us to do (Matthew 7:21-27; 28:18-20), and we will do this because we love Him so very much (John 14:15, 21-24)!

When you put your complete faith in Jesus and His death, and when you choose to turn from your sins and obey God, He wants you to be baptized.  Do you know what baptism is?  It is not a church ritual or religious work.  No, when one is baptized according to the Bible, someone takes the believer and lowers him into the water until that water covers his whole body, then he is raised up from the water.  This is something like a death, a burial, and a rising from the water.  It is a way of showing your faith and repentance.  It is like saying “good bye” to sin, dying to that sin, uniting with Jesus, then coming up from the water as a new person–a forgiven person, one whom God has made new, with new life, and a new future (Romans 6:1-11)!  What does baptism mean?  It means that one is coming to Jesus Christ!  He is the center and focus of baptism!

The Bible says, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).  The Bible says, “Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His [Jesus’] name” (Acts 22:16).  When someone is forgiven of all their sins and is given the gift of the Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit enters you and you become the “home” or “emple” of the Spirit and He will help you to say No to sin, and say Yes to Jesus and His right way of life (Romans 5:5; 8:6-16).  All of this is the good news you need!

If you do come to Jesus because you have read and accepted this truth of God, if you have turned to Jesus for His free forgiveness, and if you have been truly baptized into union with Jesus, you will be forgiven, saved, and have eternal life–a joyful and peaceful life with God that will never, never end!  God has much for you–more than you can imagine!

Now is the time to read your Bible (Psalm 119:9, 104)!  Look for an edition that is easy for you to read and understand.  Now is the time to determine to obey all that God shows you (1 John 5:2-3)!   Don’t just go to any church or denomination, even if it happens to be popular or close to your house (Matthew 15:13-14).  No, be willing to look for Christians who really believe in Jesus, who love Jesus with all of their hearts, who want to serve Him, and who are excited about Christ and the Bible (Romans 12:1-8)!  Don’t do things because your friends do, for usually other young people are in sin and are not pleasing to God (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Be willing to live a God-centered life that is different from your friends (Romans 12:1-2).  Love God with all of your heart, love Jesus with everything you have, love other people and be willing to help and bless them (1 Corinthians 16:14).  Because of Jesus, obey your father and mother, like Jesus obeyed His own parents when He was twelve years of age (Luke 2:51-52; Ephesians 6:1-3).  Do this unless they require you to sin–for then you must refuse (Acts 5:29).  Base your whole life on the Bible–God’s written message to you!

Richard Hollerman

 

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