What is your biggest hurdle when it comes to witnessing? The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news. They did not negotiate the terms in order to get the best contract. Later, when Jesus was having dinner with the Pharisee and He forgave the sins of the woman who anointed His feet, the other guests grumbled, âWho is this man who even forgives sins?â (7:49). The author is trying to convince them of the superiority of Jesus. Thus He instructs the twelve to shake the dust off their feet in witness against any village that rejected their message about Godâs kingdom (9:5). And blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over Meâ (7:22, 23). Jesus offers good news to people who just can’t seem to get a break in life. And may we respond to Him by praying for and telling people of His great love and salvation for them. Just before He ascended, He told His disciples, âYou shall be my witnessesâ (Acts 1:8). This is made clear by Matthew, Mark and Luke. So our text shows Jesus to be the powerful Lord and the providing Lord. While there are miracles reported throughout the Bible, they mainly occur in clusters around the time of the exodus, during the ministries of Elijah and Elisha, and during the time of Christ and the apostles. WORD: Invite people to church whenever you have the opportunity. Topics The Living Words The Living Words: Flesh This article is an xcerpt from Mr. Benner's book The Living Words.. בשר basar [H:1320] is the Hebrew word for "flesh," the skin or meat of animals or man; and when used in the phrase "all flesh" it means "all mankind." Jesus is the powerful Lord who can save every person who believes in Him. 8765 W Higgins Road
If you receive Him as Savior and Lord, you pass from death to life and you will not enter into judgment. Then He said to them, "Go the whole world over, and proclaim the Good News to all mankind. His guilty conscience was nagging him about putting the righteous John to death, and now he feared that perhaps John had come back to life to haunt him. The answer is that Jesus was speaking somewhat hyperbolically and graphically to make the point that no extra provisions were to be taken. The matter of Jesusâ identity has been a crucial one in Luke right from the beginning. The other gospels use this occasion to go into more detail about the martyrdom of John the Baptist, but Luke barely mentions it in passing. I am tying together two sections here. © Copyright & Trademark 2021 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. When Jesus forgave the paralyticâs sins, the Pharisees grumbled, âWho is this man who speaks blasphemies? Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world. It’s easy after the year we’ve had … "I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose." In the Great Commission, Jesus said, âAll authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Or, if the Hebrews were not experiencing such miracles, but should have been, he would have exhorted them to believe God for such things in their midst. So each account agrees that Jesus was making the point, âJust go as you are; donât stop to load up with extra provisions.â The problem with this view is why anyone would need two staffs. If they welcomed the offer, they were forever different, under Godâs rule, looking ahead to the day when they would see the King and be with Him for eternity. Sharing the good news can mean acting in generous and compassionate ways. Simeon and Anna both bore witness to the fact that this child was the Lordâs Christ, the Savior (2:26, 30, 38). Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition Â© The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Christology, Soteriology (Salvation), Evangelism, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. Jesus' command is akin to a herald shouting out what needs to be heard. It is not merely good news for the few who came to know Christ before they died; it is good news for the whole of creation—even for all who died before they ever heard of Christ. All who hear this good news hear everything in life differently from that moment on. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nationsâ (Matt. Thatâs how it should be: when we bear witness for Christ: people should either understand or else be haunted by the question, âWho is this man, Jesus?â While you may have to answer some basic questions and objections, donât get sidetracked on peripheral matters. Encourage them to read the gospel accounts. As John 20:31 explains, he wrote his gospel âthat you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.â Thus, we proclaim to people the good news of Godâs kingdom rule in the person of Jesus the Messiah. But today, Sunday, March 23, 2008, I proclaim to you the good news of an early Sunday morning news breaker: the tomb is empty! Direct people to who Jesus is and to what He did on the cross. But apparently such miracles had generally ceased. "But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent." For people to believe in Jesus Christ, they must understand who He is. First, God is just as able to perform miracles through His servants today as He always has been. With gratitude for those who have gone before and hope for the future, the ELCA gives thanks to God for the ministry of women. Butâhereâs the pointâif signs and wonders were still common in the church, why didnât he appeal to their current experience? To what extent should we emphasize sin and judgment in our witnessing. Jesus commanded and they obeyed. “The good news” (or “ gospel ” = “good spiel”) is a literal translation of the Greek word euangelion. We promise to proclaim the good news of Christ through word and deed. The news is not so good when we tune in to our favorite media source. Thus, as Paul put it, the same message is an aroma of death to some, but of life to others (2 Cor. Rather, God would provide for their needs through the generosity of those to whom they ministered. We need to go beyond the anemic, piecemeal gospels of “heaven when we die” or “justice here and now” and learn to proclaim the gospel that Jesus and the apostles announced: the good news of the kingdom of God. The late John Wimber, founder of the Vineyard movement, claimed that the âgreater worksâ that Jesus predicted that His followers would do after receiving the Holy Spirit (John 14:12) include signs and wonders. "All" is from the Greek root word pas. But in Matthew and Luke, Jesus prohibits taking a staff, whereas in Mark He permits taking a staff. The command is to proclaim the Good News to everyone everywhere. Although he did not respond in faith, God will use the disciplesâ witness to hold Herod accountable when he stands before the great white throne. The miracles that Christ and the apostles performed authenticate Jesus as the promised Savior. None of the twelve spoke directly to Herod, but their message still got to him. Hours and lines of communication remain the same. 4. Godâs work never stops. As the prophet above all of Godâs prophets, Jesus can rightly pronounce Godâs judgment on those who reject Him. Perhaps the best answer is that Jesus was saying that the disciples should not take an extra pair of sandals or an extra staff. At the beginning of Jesusâ public ministry, even the demons recognized that He is âthe Holy One of Godâ and âthe Son of Godâ (4:34, 41). In other words, âSeek first His kingdom and righteousness, and all these things [our basic needs] will be added unto youâ (Matt. Good news does not usually attract our attention, it’s the bad news that catches us, and then throws us into slight anxiety. All Rights Reserved. Although bearing witness for Christ is one of our greatest privileges, it is not an area where most believers feel strong. Chicago, IL 60631. The gospel was and still is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes. Thus to reject the message about Jesus was and still is a serious matter! The point was, âtravel light and depend on Godâ (see Darrell Bock, Luke [Baker], 1:815-816). For example, the Book of Hebrews was written to a second-generation church of mostly Jewish Christians who were tempted to go back to Judaism. The angel announced to Mary that her offspring, conceived in her by the Holy Spirit, would be the Son of God (1:35). 3:15). May we seek first your kingdom and righteousness in all that we do and say. 10:9-10; Mark 6:8-9), you discover that in Matthew, Jesus prohibits taking sandals (also mentioned in Luke 22:35) whereas in Mark He allows sandals. Completion of the first call process completes candidacy for all people, including those ordained in another Lutheran church or Christian tradition, moving them toward first call and admittance to the appropriate roster in the ELCA. THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound, [Rom. The theme of Jesus Christ's message was the good news of the Kingdom of God. The verbal root of this word can be found in the following passage where it is translated as "proclaim the good news." Since none of us are without sin and all stand guilty before the holy God of the universe, we can’t save ourselves by trying to outweigh our bad deeds with good—our good deeds are like filthy rags in the sight of a perfect God (Isaiah 64:6). We are to proclaim His kingdom in His power and authority. But, having said that, we must also be careful to understand the place of miracles in Godâs working. The battle we fight is primarily spiritual, and so we must pray that God will deliver people from Satanâs domain of darkness. but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.”. 10:15.] Later, Jesus will ask the twelve, âWho do the multitudes say that I am?â (9:18); and, âBut who do you say that I am?â resulting in Peterâs confession, âThe Christ of Godâ (9:20). Furthermore, Jesus had the authority to summon and send out these men to do His bidding. We must be careful not to limit Godâs power because of our unbelief (Mark 6:5, 6). Rather, he focuses on Herodâs perplexed question regarding Jesus, âWho is this man about whom I hear such things?â (9:9). Q. Good news to the poor. It remains forever, good news, the best news imaginable, for absolutely everybody and everything. There are two questions to explore: Who is Jesus? But just as the Law shows us our sin, it also points to Someone who solved our sin problem. The kingdom of God is the realm where God is King. What do we proclaim? John the Baptist testified that he himself was not the Christ, and that he was not fit to untie the thong of Jesusâ sandals because Jesus was far mightier than he (3:16). If a sinner responds to it by trusting in Jesus as Savior and Lord, he is changed for time and eternity! When the Good News is proclaimed and believed the kingdom of God will break through the darkness in tangible ways. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus is not simply a story in the Bible. A. Because I’ve seen this passage organized in my head in this manner, I’ve seen “preach the gospel to the poor” as being a distinct item from the following five items. God must open their eyes to the truth of the gospel (2 Cor. Response: We do, and ask God to help and guide us. As Jesus here implies, some will not submit themselves to His rule. Jesus sends His disciples out on this mission with instructions that they should take nothing for their journey. In a paradoxical way befitting Luke’s portrayal of salvation-as-status transposition, Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus is a proclamation of good news to the poor (p.86). âYou shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnessesâ (Acts 1:8). It was a unique situation and Jesus gave unique instructions which He later modified (Luke 22:35-36). The good news of God’s kingdom rule in the person of Jesus the Messiah. We would be mistaken if we took these verses as normative for all believers or even for all those who are called to preach. And, it would be assumed that you always took a single staff on a journey. Jesus says he will “bring good news to the poor.” This focus on the poor appears 10 more times in Luke. Verses 1-6 record the mission of the twelve; verses 7-9 report Herodâs response to their mission. But the good news also contains bad news. (Acts 5:43) Think about proclaiming the good news. Some thought that John the Baptist had risen from the dead, others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of old had risen again (see 9:19). If they need food and shelter, we should help the person obtain these things. 18:15). Why the change? But they would not submit to Him or believe in Him. How can it be overcome? Answer: The word gospel literally means “good news” and occurs 93 times in the Bible, exclusively in the New Testament. In fact, Jesus said we should do to others the loving things we want them to do to us (Luke 6:31). Because of who Jesus is, we must proclaim the good news of His kingdom. When I was a boy, I used to watch âThe Lone Rangerâ on TV. After Jesus calmed the storm, the disciples fearfully asked, âWho then is this, the He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?â (8:25). There is a place for you among our nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands... Martin Luther was eight years old when Christopher Columbus set sail from Europe and landed in the Western Hemisphere. |, Evangelical Lutheran Education Association, Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, PROCLAIM the Good News of God In Christ Through Word and Deed, Invite others to the church where Christ is proclaimed, Confess our faith through song and word in worship, Offer encouragement to a friend and others who are ill or in need, Show Christ through our daily lives and work, which express thanks to God and care for the common good, Talk about our faith in our homes and with others, Live prepared to give a reason for the hope within us. “The good news about kingdom of God” does not just refer to the future millennial kingdom, when Jesus will literally reign on earth. It would have been a much stronger argument to appeal to their common experience of miracles as a proof of Christianity than to appeal to miracles they had not even seen. That lesson is further underscored in the next incident, the feeding of the 5,000. But as we examine the context, we learn three things about Jesus as Lord: Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all the demons, and to heal diseases (9:1). DEED: It is one thing for a person to have power over demonic forces and power to heal, but quite another thing to be able to confer this power on others. Lord Jesus, even as you once sent out your first disciples to preach the good news of the kingdom of God, so you have sent us. Churchwide office staff are still hard at work â from our homes. Set at liberty those who are oppressed 6. In witnessing should we emphasize submitting to Jesusâ lordship or should we mainly focus on accepting Jesus as Savior? As the Church, acting together and as individuals, we have a story to tell. 1. If people see the reality of Christ in us, they will be more inclined to listen to our message. Jesus has that power and authority. We have the story of God's movement in our lives through the saving actions of Jesus Christ. "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound" – Isaiah 61:1 Jesus walked into the synagogue, as he would any other Sabbath. When they went, they lived simply and stayed in homes. He is the only way to God. But every personâs greatest need is not physical; it is spiritual. Agree/disagree? The five marks of mission are: 1) To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom; 2) To teach, baptize and nurture new believers; 3) To respond to human need by loving service; 4) To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation; and 5) To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and … The point is this: The issue on judgment day will be, what have you done with the Lord Jesus Christ? Offering a good comment means doing lots of research, and then selecting carefully the most important messages. Letâs boldly proclaim it. Thatâs the Lone Ranger.â Silver would stand on his hind legs, the Lone Ranger would wave and cry, âHi ho, Silver, away!â To the tune of the âWilliam Tell Overture,â he would ride off into the sunset and get ready for the next episode when he would rescue someone else in need. 1:22-24). Proclaim recovery of sight to the blind 5. What shall we say to this? Does the gospel I preach naturally lead to people becoming disciples of Jesus? A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). Christ's gospel is the proclamation of the coming government of God to govern all nations. We will develop new strategies for proclaiming the all-satisfying supremacy of God's love and justice to the poor through 1) personal involvement; 2) a more welcoming atmosphere; 3) local missionary strategies of urban disciple making; and 4) equipping missionaries for unreached urban peoples. In our day, there are segments of the church that argue that we are to emphasize divine healing along with the gospel. The people could see that their lives were in line with the message they proclaimed. One of the greatest privileges God has entrusted to us is that we have been chosen to carry on the work that Jesus Christ came to this earth to accomplish. Relying on His authority and power, we tell people about the saving grace to be found at the cross of Jesus Christ. Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 1998, All Rights Reserved. ( Luke 4:43) "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." May we bring every facet of our lives under your authority. After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.â He is saying that the truth of the gospel was authenticated by these miracles performed by those who had been with Jesus, namely, the apostles. It eloquently expresses humanity’s need for the Savior, as well as our responsibility to share the good news of Jesus Christ. It would have been unlikely for anyone to travel barefoot over the rocky terrain of Israel. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. The rescued victim would ask Tonto, who always managed to be standing nearby, âWho is that masked man?â Tonto would reply, âDonât you know? But in a true sense, Jesus was also the prophet par excellence, the one predicted by Moses (Deut. Up till now, they had watched Him do it, but now He sends them out to proclaim the kingdom of God. Power is the force or ability to do something; authority is the right to use that power. We are here today as Christians because someone in the chain was faithful to tell us of the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. New Testament authors use this term to mean the news of salvation, or liberation from sin, brokenness, and estrangement from God. Who can forgive sins, but God alone?â (5:21). World English Bible He said to them, "Go into all the world, and preach the Good News to the whole creation. They did not vote on the matter or discuss whether His plan was a good one. 4:4). Is There Any Good News? God reveals this good news through Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection ( Mark 1:1; Rom 1:1-4 ), as in Matt 11:4-5: “Jesus answered … As Peter instructs us, âSet apart Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to every one who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; ...â (1 Pet. But Jesus told them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well, because that is why I was sent.”. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The gospel we proclaim is the greatest news in the world. I have often thought that God could have chosen a more efficient method of spreading the gospel than entrusting it to the likes of me! For these, the sober action of shaking the dust from their feet signals that they had rejected the reign of God and thus could only await His impending judgment. In Greek, it is the word euaggelion, from which we get our English words evangelist, evangel, and evangelical. Preaching the kingdom of God was paramount; the healings were to authenticate the message. Whoever trusts in Him is reconciled to God and receives eternal life as His free gift.â God has entrusted to us the great task of carrying on the work of Jesus. In baptism, we are brought into a covenantal relationship with Jesus Christ that commits us to strive for justice and peace in all the earth. You never know how far your witness for Christ will reach. Instead, we are free to do good works for the sake of those in need. 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