Tag Archive | Good News of Jesus

Ezekiel 34:11-12 ” For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I Myself will search for My sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after My sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.”

All of mankind can agree….”I have strayed like a lost sheep.” (Psalm 119:176)  But the wonderful thing about these verses in Ezekiel is how proactive the Lord is.  It’s Him that is searching us out, looking after us, and rescuing us from the thick darkness of sin.  Jesus is called the Good Shepherd who gathers and watches over His flock and tells us in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”  And like the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus will leave the 99 on the hillside to go looking for the one that has wandered off. (Matthew 18:10-14)  Have you strayed away from the Lord?  Know that Jesus is actively looking for you today.

Ephesians 6:19 ” Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the Gospel.”

So what stops you from sharing Jesus with others?  Awkwardness? Apprehension?  Do you realize that even the early Church had reservations about telling others the Good News of the Gospel…for in Acts 4:29 the Believers prayed, “Enable Your servants to speak Your Word with great boldness.”  So I pray for you today that the Holy Spirit would give you the words to speak to that unbelieving friend, stranger, or relative.  And that you would speak with confidence, boldness, and articulation as you share the Gospel Message with them.

Mark 7:8 ” You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”

The Pharisees and Teachers of the Law had watched the disciples of Jesus eating without first washing their hands…a real defilement of tradition in their eyes!  So they confronted Jesus in what they believed to be a breaking of the Law.  To answer them, Jesus quoted Isaiah 29:13, “These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.  They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.”  For anytime the Good News of the Gospel is pushed aside for man-made rules, our focus changes from Jesus to religion.  But remember, religion in and of itself will never save us.  Nor will man-made traditions and teachings ever get us to heaven.  It’s only by the blood of Jesus that we are saved…not any rule.

Luke 5:16 ” But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

During His ministry here on earth, Jesus often sought out quiet places to pray.  But why?  It tells us in Mark 1:35, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”  The answer to “why He did this” is in what happened the night before.  The town of Capernaum had witnessed Jesus healing someone in the Synagogue…and so later that night the entire town converged at the house where Jesus was staying…bringing in tow every sick and demon-possessed person they could find.  And it says Jesus healed them.  When we give much, our emotional gas tanks gets low.  And the only way to fill them is to find a place of quiet reflection so that God can renew us .  Jesus was practicing the discipline of silence in order to replenish, restore, refresh, and revive His soul…and it’s something we could do well to imitate.

Revelation 3:3 ” Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent.”

What was John telling the Church in Sardis they needed to remember?  It was the Gospel Message…the Good News of Jesus.  We should never discount or dismiss the wonder-working power of the Gospel.  For within its message is the Holy Spirit at work in hearts and minds.  And when we hear and receive the Good News, it’s then our responsibility to obey and repent.  For true repentance is a moral reorientation of our soul…a acknowledging of the error of our ways and a turning towards truth and righteousness…of turning to God.

Mark 16:11 ” When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen Him, they did not believe it.”

It could have been me doubting the unbelievable story the women were recounting about the empty tomb, the angels, and their words –  “He is Risen!”  Now we usually just give the apostle Thomas the bad rap of doubting the resurrection…but in Luke 24: 9-11 it tells us that when the women came back from the empty tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others…but no one believed them, for their words seemed like nonsense.   How many times had Jesus told the apostles about what was to happen?  How He must suffer, die, and then be raised from the dead three days later.  Still they did not believe it when it really happened.  Yes, I could have easily been among those doubters when the words, “He is risen!” echoed across that room.

Luke 23: 39 ” One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him: ‘Aren’t You the Christ? Save Yourself and us!’ “

It could have been me speaking with such irreverence towards Jesus.  The Greek word for “hurled insults” in this verse is Blasphemeo, where we get the word blaspheme from.  The robber who reviled Jesus, mocked Him by saying, “If You call Yourself the Messiah, then show us by rescuing Yourself from Your own impending death!”  So any time I operate in disbelief and mistrust of the Lord…I’m basically hurling insults His direction also.  Yes, it could have been me.