In my sermon this week, we saw a picture of the way Jesus comes and changes water into wine. This sign points to the way he comes and brings about the joy and blessing of the New Covenant in his blood. This covenant at its essence is the gospel; Christ came and died on the cross so that sinners who repent and believe can be reconciled to God.
But what is the ultimate good of the Gospel? Is it a freedom from punishment? Eternal comfort for ourselves? Being reunited with Christian family and friends when we get to heaven? These things are blessings of the gospel but they are secondary and can steal from the ultimate good of the Gospel which is God himself. Here are some passages of Scripture that may help you understand.
Psalm 42:1 As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
Philippians 1:23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.
Isaiah 40:9 O Jerusalem, messenger of good news (Gospel); lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
The sin that Jesus paid for on the cross allows you to be in the presence of God forever. As believers in Jesus, we can see and savor the Lord now and forever. This is the good wine of the New Covenant that Jesus brings.
John Piper says this “If God is not treasured as the ultimate gift of the gospel; none of his gifts will be gospel (good news).”