Jesus kicked off his public ministry with today’s featured command:
Repent and believe in the good news!
(Mark 1:15; Matthew 4:17) (HCSB)
Let’s break it down a bit …
First, what exactly does “repent” mean?
Here’s a good definition:
The act of turning from sin and changing one’s orientation from rebellion against God to acceptance of God’s will and lordship.
(Layman’s Bible Dictionary)
Second, what exactly is the “good news”?
“Good news” is the modern English translation of the original Greek word euangélion, which was translated in the Old English as godspel (god = “good” + spel = “news”) or gospel for short.
In my humble opinion, “good news” doesn’t go nearly far enough. A better translation might be something like “really very seriously incredibly amazingly supermegafantabulorifficous news.”
The angel that appeared to the shepherds to herald Jesus’ birth proclaimed:
I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Jesus said he was sent to “proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God.” Here was his mission statement:
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Here’s some homework: For more on what the Bible has to say about the “good news,” check out Luke 4:43, Acts 5:40-42, 8:9-13, 8:26-39, 10:34-48, 11:19-21, 13:32-44, 17:16-34, 20:22-24 and Romans 10:14-17).
Do what Jesus says: Repent and believe the good news!
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