the word means “Good News” and was used in the ancient world to announce something of significant kingdom change – such as a new emperor. This is its use in the Scriptures as well. The scriptures tell us Jesus proclaimed the “gospel of the kingdom,” what Mark called the “Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” The Scriptures also tell us that when Jesus proclaimed the gospel he said it was the good news that the kingdom of God was “at hand,” or breaking into the world and happening right here and now. This gospel was about “the grace of God,” and involved “the power of God for salvation” and healing, the call for repentance and for those who believe in it to proclaim his gospel to all the world.
To proclaim the “Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” is to announce God’s reign is happening now because God came as one of us. 2000 years ago Jesus came as God in flesh – “incarnate.” Jesus is God with skin, alive with breath, living in real time and place. He made it possible for the whole world to have a way to receive and participate in God’s love. He not only brought the Good News that “the kingdom of God is here and happening,” he is the King! And Jesus did for us what none of us can do on our own – he made it possible for us to stand before God holy and pure by removing the stain and consequence of having rejected God and the life for which we were created. By sacrificing his own life and dying on the cross as a sacrifice for the death we all deserve Jesus offers us new life in God’s kingdom. This is God’s free and gracious gift to us – no effort on our part is needed or possible. We need only actively trust Jesus is who he says he is and has done what the Bible tells us. Such trust in the saving grace of Jesus and his lordship over all life is a “lived out” trust and thus the Good News is also an announcement and call for all of us to participate in the love of God happening in our own lives and neighborhoods and communities.
c.f. Matthew 9:35; Mark 1:1; Acts 20:24; Romans 1:16; Mark 16:15
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