If you reject the bad news, the good news will never make sense.
One of the reasons the rejection of God’s good news keeps growing in this country is that Americans keep rejecting the bad news. We don’t want to be convicted. We don’t want to think that we are unworthy of heaven. We say, “I’m not that bad.”
We live in a broken world, which makes all of us broken. Most of us will admit we have failures and weaknesses, but to confess that we are unworthy of heaven is a conviction we resist. We prefer to excuse our misbehavior, to blame our parents, our peers, our environment, our genetics.
And if we resist the bad news that we have disappointed God and do not qualify for entrance to heaven, then we have no need of the good news. In fact, the good news becomes insulting or unessential.
The good news is that Jesus Christ makes a way for us to be forgiven so that we qualify for heaven. The good news that we don’t have to live good enough. The good news calls us to accept the conviction. Accept the fact that we can’t enter heaven as we are. Then accept Jesus’ grace that allows us to have what we don’t deserve.
Heaven has bad news and good news. The bad news convicts, but the good news wins out, awarding us all the wonders of heaven.