The Gospel is Good News

on Sunday 23, May 2010

At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day.  Taking the scroll, he read from Isaiah 61, which basically outlined his ministry and what he was sent to do.

Times do not change much.  The needs of this generation are much the same as those of Jesus’ day.  Jesus said, “I am come to preach good news.”  If ever there was a day when good news is in desperate need, it is today.  Every voice you hear is focused on the negative: financial collapse, political upheaval, moral decline, fear of disease and natural cataclysmic disasters.  The church of Jesus Christ—and each of us as Spirit-filled members—must counteract this with the “good news” of the Gospel.

Jesus describes the Gospel in action as release for prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind (both naturally and spiritually), and release for the oppressed (which pretty much covers every need of mankind: body, soul and spirit).  Jesus said, “This day, this scripture is fulfilled,” and from that point on the Kingdom of God was activated.  Of himself he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  I am come so that you will have abundant life, favor, righteousness, peace and joy.”

That’s “good news,” and it’s ours because He came.