What is the good news?

“One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news…..” Luke 20:1.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ezra 7-8, and Luke 20.

What was the “good news” that Jesus was proclaiming?

The good news was that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah that the Old Testament referenced in a number of places and ways.

Jesus was the fulfillment of the OT prophecies.

Could it be true that Jesus was the Messiah? Even John the Baptist wasn’t sure that Jesus was who He claimed He was.

But there was the Messiah in the flesh…..in their midst.

How could they be confused about Him?  This has everything to do with preconceived notions.  Many of the Jews thought of the Messiah as a military leader.  They expected the Messiah to use force and put an end to all of the Jews’ problems.  This Jesus in their midst displayed no military qualities.  So instead of suspecting that their vision of the Messiah was inaccurate, they dismissed Jesus as not being the Messiah.

I don’t know how things will go in the so-called end times but I have a suspicion that there will come a time when the Jews will realize that Jesus is the Messiah and act accordingly.  What a day that will be!

“Lord, You are the Messiah.  Thank You for entering my world and taking care of my sin problem.  Thank You for the promise of an after-life with You.  How glorious!  You are indeed ‘Good News.’”

Jesus is all the “good news” you and I will ever need.

 

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