“We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus.” Acts 13:32-33a
I was in a café when a teenager came in, her hands in the air, fingers spread. When her friends whirled around to see her, she bounced on her toes. “Good News!” Immediately they joined in with squeals and hugs. Almost everyone else in the café glanced at each other and smiled. People love seeing others get good news, even if they don’t know the details.
There is good news we can let everyone in on. The word Gospel literally means “good news”. Its roots come from the Old English word “god-spell”. If you have wisps of gray hair around the temples, you may remember the Rock Opera by that name. Is it a coincidence that, in English, “God” and “good” are from the same root word?
What is the good news of the gospel? The angels proclaimed it to the shepherds in Luke 2:10-11, “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’”
In Acts 13:32-33a, Paul proclaimed it to the crowds, “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus.”
Throughout his ministry on earth, Jesus told those He met along the roads this good news. Now, as Christ’s followers, it’s our turn to share it with others. What if we proclaimed the Gospel with as much enthusiasm as the teenager in the café?
Dearest Lord, we have such good news to tell the world— through Jesus Christ You have saved us from sin’s deadly sting. Forgive us when we are weighed down by the things of this world that we don’t act as excited about that as we should be. Open our ears and our hearts to determine who it is You want us to share this wonderful news with this week. Release our pride so we can joyfully share it. We pray this through Him who died so we can live, Jesus the Messiah. Amen.
Who will you tell this week about the Good News of Christ Jesus? If you’re not sure how to do that, read the Share your faith series.