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What and Where's the Good News?

by Erik Momsen

The FIFA World Cup coming to South Africa is a reminder to believers that there are billions of precious people who need to hear and believe that Jesus is Lord and God.  They are coming to us in the hundreds of thousands and we cannot but be ready to tell them.  I have an excitement about their visit and this opportunity. 

I however realize that too many "believers" are not ready.

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts (exalt Christ as Lord in your hearts (ISV), and be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason of the hope in you, with meekness and fear." (1 Peter 3:15)

Men are confused as to the basic message: Jesus is God and God is good.  Satan has attempted to make human life so bad that people cannot believe GOOD NEWS.

WHAT IS OUR MESSAGE? - WHAT IS THE GOOD NEWS/GOSPEL?
"A gospel (from Old English, gōd spell "good news") is a writing that describes the life, death, burial, and resurrection of JesusJesus (Wikipedia)"

The word now translated 'Good News' is the Greek word euaggelion which was a public proclamation by a ruler of good things for the citizens

Believers talk about the Good News but this slowly seeps from our memory and understanding and we are left with ritual observance.

Mark's Gospel starts with this verse;
"The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." (Mark 1:1)
 - the Good News is the person of Jesus or Jesus is the Good News.

Matthew often speaks about "the Gospel of the Kingdom"
  - the Good News that the King has come.

RESURRECTION
is the kernel of the Good News
"Afterward He appeared to the Eleven as they reclined.  And He reproached their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.  And He said to them, Go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to all the creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:14-16)
 - they were criticized for not believing in the resurrection.
 - then they are told to spread the Good News.

The Agenda of Jesus preaching is in Luke 4:18
"The Spirit of the Lord is on Me; because of this He has anointed Me to proclaim the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and new sight to the blind, to set at liberty those having been crushed,"
 
- people are poor without the good news of Gods intervention
 - literally set free prisoners of war
 - humanity was at war with God until belief in Jesus
 - set people free from being crushed

THE WHOLE OF THE GOOD NEWS
"And answering, Jesus said to them, Go and tell John what you have seen and heard; that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the gospel is proclaimed to the poor." (Luke 7:22)

PAUL SUMMARIZES THE GOSPEL 1 Corinthians 15
 - I want to remind you .... verse 1
 - save by it ... verse 2
 - hold firm or it is in vain ... verse 2
 - 1st importance .... "Christ died for our sins ..."
 - he was buried
 - he was raised
 - he appeared to a looooong list of people

So much of the passage is about the resurrection.  The Good News is that there is a resurrection of the dead.  There is a new life to come.

HOW WILL WE WITNESS
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts (exalt Christ as Lord in your hearts (ISV), and be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason of the hope in you, with meekness and fear." (1 Peter 3:15)
 - it starts in your heart
 - your heart needs to be undivided towards Jesus
 - the flame of the Spirit need to burn brightly

Date Added: 2010-05-12

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