The Church is very good at bearing good news . . . sometimes. But when it comes to the salvation that comes from God through Jesus, it fails time and time again. I’m coming across examples of this every day:
- Jesus Saves . . . those who recognise their sin and repent
- Jesus Saves . . . only those who do not follow another religion
- Jesus Saves . . . only those who believe in their total depravity and unworthiness
- Jesus Saves . . . only heterosexuals
- Jesus Saves . . . only those who evidence his salvation by speaking in tongues
- Jesus Saves . . . only if you do not commit ______________ (insert pet sin here)
- Jesus Saves . . . only if you _________________ (fill in the blank)
It makes me want to see a legally-determined disclaimer when some tell the good news: Jesus Saves* (*terms and conditions apply).
I suppose it boils down to this: Either “Jesus Saves” is good news for all, or it is not good news. There are no terms and conditions. There are no “exception clauses.” There is no bad news on the side. It is all good news. Jesus draws all to himself. He gave himself for the whole world. Nothing excludes you from the grace of God which is in Jesus.
That’s good news. No terms and conditions apply.