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His Kingship & His Kingdom

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The Bible always says that Jesus “preached the good news” or that he “preached the gospel” but what is that? What were the words Jesus said? What was so “good” about his words?

Luke 8:1-3

Soon afterward, Jesus traveled through the cities and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news of God’s kingdom. The Twelve were with him,  along with some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.

When Jesus is criticized for his teaching, what does the bible say that he is doing?

Luke 20:1-3

On one of the days when Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests, legal experts, and elders approached him. They said, “Tell us: What kind of authority do you have for doing these things? Who gave you this authority?”

How does Jesus respond to his critics?

Luke 16:14-17

Jesus said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves before other people, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued by people is deeply offensive to God.  Until John, there was only the Law and the Prophets. Since then, the good news of God’s kingdom is preached, and everyone is urged to enter it.  It’s easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for the smallest stroke of a pen in the Law to drop out.

And when Jesus sends out his disciples, what do they preach?

Luke 9:1-7

They departed and went through the villages proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

So, what is it?

What is the Good News?

What is the gospel?

The Greek word for “Good News” is the word euaggelion, it’s the same word the Angel says to Mary, and to the shepherds for the announcement of Christ’s birth. “I bring you good news that will be for all people.”

Euaggelion is composed of two pieces “YOU” meaning Good and “Angelos” (the word used for angel) which means message – “good message.”

The word euaggelion was already being used at this time, particularly among the Greeks. In New Testament times, an euangelion was a public proclamation that a new king had conquered his enemies and had ascended to the throne. A Gospel was about a reversal of power. Or a brand new power. The gospel was, you have a new King; and so Jesus comes on the scene and he adopts this familiar word.

So, Jesus’ gospel must has something to do with his Kingship and his Kingdom, but I am sure there must be something more to it?

What do you think?

 

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