What Is The 'Good News?'
Posted: Wednesday, September 30
Verse of the day:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. (Isaiah 61:1)
The prophet Isaiah plays the role of a messenger of good news. Like a news reporter he reports; “Man Binds up broken hearts and frees captives from prison!” We are preparing for our Christmas at Oak Creek outreach. The main purpose of this outreach is for us to become, (like Isaiah), messengers of that “good news.” This can be such a hope filled—beautiful time of the year when lives are transformed by it. In Isaiah 61 we see a magnificent explanation of all the wonderful things that were experienced when Jesus first came to earth, and are in store for us when Jesus comes again.
Have you ever had your heart broken… ever felt alone and scared in this dark world… ever been sad? Then take courage, be of good heart, for the Bible tells us Jesus will bind up the brokenhearted… He will declare release from darkness… He will provide comfort for all who mourn.
This Christmas season will be a hectic time for most. We will run from store to store buying decorations, presents, and fixings for various Christmas delectables. In all our frenzied Christmas preparations, the good news declared by Isaiah, and the sharing of it, unfortunately can get shoved to the bottom of our priorities list—lets guard against that.