Good News for Sinners
Rev. James Greendyk
"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief" —1 Timothy 1:15
Did you buy a newspaper today my friend? If so, you probably read about world, national, and local news. It is possible that when finished reading, you had mixed emotions. Despite the effects of your reading, you believed the credibility of the newspaper publisher’s articles, didn’t you? However, with the next issue, it is possible that you read a conflicting report of the same information. How reliable is the news? Can it always be trusted? We would like to answer in the positive, but I’m afraid all of us have to admit that the newspaper’s reliability and the contents of the articles have many flaws.
Today we come to you with a message which is so reliable that you can hang the whole weight of your soul on it; its con¬tents are so precious and valuable that experience of this message will make you spiritually rich and prepare you to meet God. The text reads like this: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief’ (1 Tim. 1:15). Doubt it not! Paul writes a letter to his friend Timothy an evangelist at Ephesus. In this letter Paul instructs Timothy to promote God’s truth. In Ephesus there were people who wanted to teach different truths from those which are found in the Bible. Their teachings were biased and opposed the reliable news of the Bible. Paul reminds Timothy not to forget the good, reliable and worthy news that God has proclaimed for the good of sinners.
Paul writes, “This is a faithful saying.” What is Paul about to say to Timothy and to you and me? He is telling us that there is reliable news about a Person. Paul is going to tell us something which cannot be doubted or discredited. Furthermore, Paul through the Holy Spirit is telling us that this news is “worthy of all acceptation.” It is good news you can trust, rely on, and it is worthy of our accepting and believing it. This news is so true and good that it gives a poor person true riches. It gives a person who is dressed in rags a garment that is beautiful. It gives a person who is discouraged and feeling sinful and not knowing where to turn in life anymore, relief and liberty. It is a message that provides salvation for lost sinners. Maybe you are ready to say “Tell me about this good news, please!” This good news has as its contents Christ Jesus. Listen to the text: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save.”
Christ Jesus is the divine Son of God. He is the Son of God’s eternal love. In the text it says that Christ Jesus came into the world. Jesus came from heaven to this earth. Jesus “thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:6-7). Jesus, as the Son of God, became the Son of man in the flesh when He was born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus was sent by His Father to perform a very important work for sinners, as we read in Galatians 4:4-5, “But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law”