Suppose a small town is given its first fire truck for the volunteer fire department. It has every wonderful piece of equipment needed for fire fighting: a great siren, shiny red paint, plenty of pumping power, hundreds of feet of hose, and room for lots of ladders, equipment, and firemen. All local media groups announce the good news that the town now has its own fire truck, but there is little public response… the reason being that the town hasn’t had a fire in over fifty years.
Fire trucks are only good news for people who have experienced the bad news of fire. If fires are fading from people’s memories, then a new fire truck becomes a less than exciting event. That’s the way it is with the good news of Jesus: The sacrifice of Jesus is only welcomed by those who believe the bad news of sin. If sin has ceased to be a relevant subject, the idea of salvation becomes irrelevant as well. The Bible hasn’t stopped warning us about sin, but many in our nation have. Even a growing number of Christians are wondering if they really are sinners. If your appreciation for the crucifixion of Jesus has become lukewarm, check the temperature of your view on sin.
The degree to which we embrace the Good Friday sacrifice of Jesus is a reflection of the degree to which we believe the bad news about sin.