The Gospel is good news. For a Christian the gospel is an acknowledgement that we are sinners and recognise that our sin grieves and angers God, deserves his punishment and causes problems with our fellow human beings. Yet we have learned that God loves us and sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to die for sinners and be punished in their place. Through the death of Jesus, those who believe in him are forgiven their sins and come to know God for themselves. This new relationship with God is something that lasts for ever, and so we have a sure and certain hope of eternal life with God after death.