Believe the Good News!

GUWG-Cross-FieldWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re discussing Jesus’ first recorded sermon: “The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Sunday, we analyzed the first 11 words. Yesterday, we focused on the 12th: “repent.” Today, we’ll examine the final 4.

Notice that Jesus concludes his first sermon with a clear call to action emphasized by an exclamation point. Keeping in mind what we covered yesterday, Jesus commands us to: (1) turn from our sin, (2) turn back to God and (3) believe the good news.

But 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.”

In short, God loves us sooooooo much that he descended down into this dark world, saved us from our sins by dying in our place on the Cross, rose again to life and will return to conquer evil once and for all and take us home to be with him forever.

Stay tuned for much more on this subject from the Savior of the Universe himself.

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