“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” – Matthew 24:14
LIGHT FOR NOW: The gospel is good news.
Having seen in our previous study that the gospel is not a message that frightens but a message of faith or a message that supplies faith to the hearers, let us now explore deeply into this gospel as God’s love for humanity. To begin, let us observe the word gospel used in our anchor scripture (Matthew 24:14). The first occurrence of the word ‘gospel’ was in Matthew chapter 4. It reads, “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sicknesses and all manner of diseases among the people” (Matthew 4:23). The word, ‘gospel’ is the word ‘euagegelion’ in the Greek which implies a good message or good news. Another shade of the word is the word glad tidings. So, the word gospel simply means good news or glad tidings (this is the message of Christ and of the Bible). Solomon in Proverbs 25:25 describes good news, it reads, “as cold waters to a thirsty soul so is good news from a far country”. Jesus Himself taught and preached the gospel (good news). Let us see two instances in the synoptic, they read “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sicknesses and all manner of diseases among the people” (Matthew 4:23). “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people” (Matthew 9:35).
Jesus commanded His disciples and by implication us or the church to preach the same message that is the good news. “And he said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). Peter and John did: “And they when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans” (Acts 8:25). Paul and Barnabas did: “and there they preached the gospel. And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconuim, and Antioch” (Acts 14:7, 21). The good news that Jesus preached, Peter and John did as well as Paul and Barnabas highlighted above will be discussed in subsequent days.
INSTRUCTION: Preach the good news.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for opening my eyes to the gospel of Christ wherein I shine as light to the dark world via the preaching of it, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The gospel is good news and not frightening news.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MARK CHAPTER 16; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 16