The Gospel, God's good news, is his answer to our greatest need. The gospel is actually bad news before it is good news. God's Word teaches that everyone is born a sinner. We don't think we are so bad because we compare ourselves to others and come out feeling pretty good about ourselves. But this is a false standard. God measures us by his perfect standard, his holy law, and on that basis we fail. The Apostle Paul said in the book of Romans, "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."
have broken God's law in our thoughts, our words, and in our deeds.
Because God is holy, he must punish sin. We wouldn't consider a judge
to be a person of integrity if they tuned a blind eye to grievous
wrongdoing. But God is not only holy, he is gracious and desires to
forgive sin. However, it must be on his terms. God's only way of
forgiveness is Jesus Christ. He is God's answer to our greatest need.
Jesus Christ said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes
to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) Jesus Christ, the Son
of God, is God in the flesh, truly God and truly man; two natures in one
perfectly lived life while on this Earth became the perfect sacrifice
for sin. God the Father accepted His shed blood as the only way for sin
to be forgiven, the only way for us to be reconciled to God. In his
death on the cross, He took upon himself the punishment that our sins
deserve. The Lord Jesus Christ is the way to God. In him is eternal
life. (John 17:3)
Man people believe that it doesn't really matter what we believe as long as we follow our own hearts. "Be true to yourself" and "Be your most authentic self" are the themes we hear every day. But if we think we are good, then God and the Gospel will be irrelevant to our lives.
Many believe we can do something to win God's favor. We cannot. The gap between us as sinners and a holy God is too great to be bridged by anything that we can do. It all has to be done by God. And it has - in sending his Son to die in the place of sinners for the punishment we deserve. That is great news!
Christian faith is not about finding what I think is the "moral" thing to do. It is not my subjectively deciding what is "my truth." It is not hoping that by doing good, by living a moral life, then when I die, I will go to heaven. There can be no true peace or happiness in that.