How can we be saved from our sins and the righteous wrath of God? The answer is the Gospel, the "good news" of God's saving work on our behalf through the person and work of Jesus Christ. The holiness of God demands that sin be punished. If God failed to punish sin, He would cease to be just. If He ceased to be just, He would cease to be God. But the Bible teaches that, not only is God holy, He is also loving; love is essential to His very nature. Even though we were deserving of eternal punishment, God, motivated by His infinite love, chose to take upon Himself in the person of His Son the full measure of divine wrath.
This is the glory of the cross: God saved us in such a way that, in one and the same act, He preserved His uncompromising holiness and expressed His fathomless love and mercy. This perfect solution to man's dilemma with God was accomplished through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus Christ is the Gospel; it is His holy history, the news of who He is and what He has done for us. The Gospel includes Jesus' birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, and coming return.