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What Is The 'Good News?'

Posted: Wednesday, September 30

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Isaiah 60:1-62:5
Philippians 1:27-2:18
Psalm 72:1-20
Proverbs 24:11-12

 

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.

 

 

During this up-coming holiday season, let’s not lose the anticipation of all it really means. As we look forward to Celebrating Christmas—the birth of Christ, let’s continue to look forward to the time when He will come again and take us to be with him. And part of that celebration is in the sharing of that “good news.” 

 

 

What is that “good news”? Here it is: Jesus has clothed us with garments of salvation, he has arrayed us in robes of righteousness. By Christ’s death we have hope in this dark world. We look with faith toward His second coming. “And so shall we ever be with the Lord.”