Couldn’t we all use some good news?
Good news is exactly what Jesus said He came to bring. The word “gospel” actually means good news. How often do we fall into the trap of feeling our Christianity is another set of rules to follow, and forget what good news it is?
The good news? Your sin — everything you’ve ever done “wrong,” every bad attitude, every evil thought — God knows it. And He still desires relationship with you! He sent His Son to earth to make a way; that your sin would be covered and paid for, so you’d be able to approach God with confidence rather than fear. Don’t let the enemy bring up issues the Lord has already dealt with.
The Good News is this: God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you.
And He wants you to spread that news to others who desperately need to hearr it!
Here’s the Old Testament Scripture Jesus read, and then declared He had fulfilled, Himself … Isaiah 61. It’s too beautiful to leave any of it out!
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins,
They will raise up the former devastations;
And they will repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.
Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks,
And foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.
But you will be called the priests of the LORD;
You will be spoken of as ministers of our God.
You will eat the wealth of nations,
And in their riches you will boast.
Instead of your shame you will have a double portion,
And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion.
Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land,
Everlasting joy will be theirs.
For I, the LORD, love justice,
I hate robbery in the burnt offering;
And I will faithfully give them their recompense
And make an everlasting covenant with them.
Then their offspring will be known among the nations,
And their descendants in the midst of the peoples.
All who see them will recognize them
Because they are the offspring whom the LORD has blessed.
I will rejoice greatly in the LORD,
My soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up,
So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
To spring up before all the nations.
I love the picture here of Jesus bringing good news to the afflicted, binding up the brokenhearted, proclaiming liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners. Ever been any of those? Maybe today? Come to Jesus. He’s been waiting!
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