Summary: The Good news of the Gospel
“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.”
Gospel; the word simply means “to announce good news.”
We hear all kinds of bad news today. As a matter of fact, it seems people are more attracted to bad news than they are good news.
But Jesus said the Spirit of the Lord was upon him to preach the gospel, or to proclaim good news.
That good news was to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, the recovering of sight to the blind, and to set at liberty those who are bruised. That’s good news!
Now, you may have been hearing bad news on the television all week, or reading bad news in the paper every day, but I’m glad you’re here today because I’ve got some good news.
No, I didn’t save a bunch of money switching to Geico; I’ve even got better news that that.
The good news is that God loves you!
It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter what you are.
God loves you!
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
So the good news is; God loves you and me!
There is nothing you could ever do to forfeit God’s love toward you!
There is nothing you can to do make God love you more! There is nothing you can do to make God love you less! His love is Unconditional, Impartial, Everlasting, Infinite, Perfect!
When your friends no longer care for you, God love’s you!
When your husband or wife asks you for a divorce, God love’s you!
When you are the object of prejudice and hate, God love’s you!
When you are all alone, and when no one seems to care, God love’s you!
God’s love is not influenced by the color of our skin, or the degree of our education, or the status we hold in society.
Neither is he repelled by our vulgar and disgusting iniquities that we have done.
He loves us in spite of all the positives and negatives in our lives.
That’s good news!
I’ve got some more good news! Jesus paid for your sins on the cross of Calvary!
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
You had no choice in the matter! You were born with the curse of sin upon you.
Because of sin you were doomed to spend eternity away from the fellowship of God. You were doomed to a place called hell, a place originally intended for the devil and his angels.
But because your forefathers chose to disobey God’s command the sentence of death was pronounced upon the entire human race.
Along with that came guilt and condemnation; there came an emptiness and void in the heart of soul of man.
Life had no meaning, life made no sense only to face darkness at the end.
There was no way we could help ourselves. Sin had contaminated our heart.
For years man has tried to find something that would take away that condemnation, the guilt, the void, the emptiness that dominated the soul.
We finally realized that it was our sins that brought condemnation, guilt and emptiness.
But there was nothing we could do to bring ourselves back into a relationship with God who is the source of happiness, liberty and fulfillment.