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Good News Then and Now (2)

Pastor Mark
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Information on significant or recent events conveyed through a variety of official or unofficial means. The ministry of Jesus Christ centred on the good news of the kingdom. The Greek word for “gospel” means “good news”. “What is it about Christmas that change even the most hardened heart to a genuine good will and peace toward our fellow man. It’s important that we understand the purpose and meaning of Christmas. Yes Jesus coming is good news but why? The first Christmas took place in a nation under occupation by a foreign military superpower. The people of Israel had been groaning under the oppressive Roman Empire. The Second Advent comes to a groaning world caught in bondage and decay yet filled with a hope that the pain’s of a world caught in a cosmic childbirth will give way to God’s love ultimately demonstrated in Christ’s return to renew all creation.”

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Political news reported by official and self-appointed messengers

1 Samuel 31:8–9 ESV
The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. So they cut off his head and stripped off his armor and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines, to carry the good news to the house of their idols and to the people.
See also 2 Sa 1:1–10; 2 Sa 15:13; 2 Sa 18:19–32; 2 Ki 7:8–11

Personal news conveyed through friends, relatives and by letter

Colossians 4:7–9 ESV
Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.
See also Ge 29:11–13; Php 2:19–20

Divine news announced by angels

Luke 1:19 ESV
And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.
See also Ge 19:1; Lk 1:26–33; Lk 2:8–12

The effect of good news

Proverbs 25:25 ESV
Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
See also Ge 45:16; Pr 15:30; Na 3:18–19; Jn 4:51–53; 1 Th 3:6–10

Reactions to bad news

Jeremiah 49:23 ESV
Concerning Damascus: “Hamath and Arpad are confounded, for they have heard bad news; they melt in fear, they are troubled like the sea that cannot be quiet.
See also 1 Sa 4:12–22; 2 Sa 4:10; Job 1:14–21; Jon 3:1–10; Jn 11:1–6

The good news of Jesus Christ


Nu 24:17; Is 7:14; Is 9:7; Is 11:2; Is 53:3–12; Is 61:1–3; Mic 5:2; Zec 9:9; Zec 11:12–13

Announced and demonstrated by Jesus Christ

Matthew 4:23 ESV
And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.
See also Mt 11:5; Mk 1:15; Lk 4:17–19; Lk 4:43

Proclaimed by apostles and preachers

Acts 14:21 ESV
When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch,
See also Mk 16:15; Ro 10:14–15; 2 Ti 1:11

Spread by word of mouth

Acts 11:19–20 ESV
Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus.
See also Mt 4:24

Receiving the good news

Acts 8:12 ESV
But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

Rejecting the good news

Romans 10:16 ESV
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”
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