Read Romans 8
Focus on verse 1-2
How would you feel if you suddenly found out you had a rare terminal disease that was likely to kill you in three months or less? Then imagine how you might feel when your doctor tells you that he has good news…a cure for your disease has just been approved for use and you are going to be fine.
This is not unlike the emotional roller coaster the Apostle Paul takes us on in Romans chapter seven and eight. I chapter seven, which we read yesterday, he writes “wretched man that I am, who will save me from this body of death?” (7:24); this leads almost immediately into today’s verse where he announces;
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. (8:1-2)
Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are all on a path that leads to death. Young, old, rich poor…death is the great equalizer, and after death comes judgment followed by eternal life either with God in heaven or without God in hell. The one key factor that determines where we spend eternity is the choice we make when we are faced with the truth of who Jesus Christ really is. He called Himself the Door, the Gate, the Light of the world, and the one and only way to gain access to God. He said,
I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
This is great news for us – very much like the doctor informing us that a cure has been found for our terminal disease. The truth is that we all have been infected with a terminal spiritual disease called sin, which leads to death. There is only one cure for the disease of sin – it involves repentance – turning away from our sin to follow Jesus – believing that He is the Son of God who died in our place to pay the penalty for our sin and to thereby purchase a place for us in heaven if we choose to believe in Him. It is for this reason that we call it the Good News of the gospel.