Is it really Good News?

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So much of what we talk about in church revolves around this idea of Gospel or good news.

Mark opens by saying that his writing is the Good News about Jesus Christ. Matthew 4 says that Jesus traveled around preaching the good news about the kingdom. In Romans, Paul said that he is not ashamed of the Good news of Jesus Christ and just a few verses earlier he defined it this way,

God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people. [1]

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What did Jesus do before His Ministry?

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Definitely not the tools Jesus would have used, but they’re old carpentry tools. Photo Credit: The Swedish History Museum, Stockholm via Compfight cc

We know very little about what Jesus did between the incident at the Temple in Luke 3 and His appearance at the wedding in Cana in John 2. We really only have the description that Luke gave us in Luke 2:52, “And Jesus kept on growing—in wisdom, in physical stature, in favor with God, and in favor with others.” (1) continue reading

The Importance of Incarnation

One of the most important parts of the story of Christ is the incarnation. God takes on flesh and moves into the neighborhood. Jesus invests himself in the story of the world in order to restore the world to the way it was. Hugh Halter writes in his new book Flesh, “The incarnation is a story of passion. God longed for everything to be back the way it was, and therefore He sent His Son Jesus to remedy the cycle of sin so that everything could be made new!” For most Christians, however, the importance of the incarnation ends with the ascension of Jesus. He was here in flesh, died, rose again, and then left. End of incarnation. Halter, however, writes Flesh to help us understand the lasting importance of Jesus’ incarnation into the world. The fact that Jesus came into the world and lived a human life has lasting significance not only terms of salvation, but also means a great deal for us still living a human life in this world. Not only does Jesus come to remedy the cycle of sin, but he comes to show us what it means to be human. Halter writes that Jesus did not only come to die, but he came to live. Many of us view, “Jesus through His death on the cross instead of His life in the neighborhood.” Continue reading