"In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins" (1 John 4:10). This, my friends, is the good news: Jesus Christ is the Gospel!
I turn, as I often do, to St. Paul, who wrote a long time ago to a Christian community he did not found and one he had yet to visit:
"For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation" (Rom 5:6-11 ESV).
Jesus didn't die for the godly, for the righteous, He died for people like me, the ungodly and the unrighteous to save me from God's wrath. As Psalm 49 reminded me last night: I am unable to redeem myself, to "pay to God a ransom. Too high the price to redeem [my] life; [I]would never have enough to stay alive forever and never see the pit," Jesus Christ not only has enough, but gave it all for me and for you.
Once in awhile we need to strip off all the varnish and see the beauty of the wood, the blood-stained wood of the Cross.