First, now is not always.
NOW, in this "present evil age (Gal. 1:4)", our lives and world live under the cloud of “futility (Rom. 8:20)”, “anxieties (1 Pet. 5:7)”, and “groanings (Rom. 8:19)”.
NOW, the “sufferings of this present time (Rom. 8:18)” give way to "mourning, crying, pain", and worst of all "death (Rev. 21:4)."
But the gospel says, "Now is not always! Things won't be like this forever!"
For God has
In doing so, God will
Now is not always.
Second, Jesus died for our sins.
In order to inherit the glorious future God promises, humans must be made right before God.
This is bad news.
Or, as St. Paul put it in Romans 5:6-10
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly…God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
The message of the good news has two simple elements.
At CLC, we're pleading with you to choose the path of life, recieve forgiveness, and put all of your trust for eternal life in Jesus.