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Is the “good news” your talking about the GOSPEL of the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ or just something that makes you feel good for a moment then vanishes away. If it is the later than you are wasting my time and yours. The reason Jesus came to the earth was to seek and save the lost. NOT to make people feel good or to hear good news. Much of Jesus’ teaching and preaching was not good news, but TRUTH, no mater how painful it was to hear, in love. He truly loved people and didn’t want them to go to hell and that is why He died on the Cross. It may be offensive to some, but the truth hurts.
Yep, that’s how I grew up thinking too… That the “good news” wasn’t really good. It was hard, Tough, Even bad news. What do others think?
I think you are right on track here. We are commanded by Jesus to love our enemies. In order to follow this command, we have to first understand what love is. Paul laid out in I Cor. 13 a pretty darn good sketch of what love does (and doesn’t) look like. I think every person who aspires to become like Jesus would do well to become intimately familiar with this chapter and ask God to develop that kind of love in their heart.
Thanks for once again insulting us with the good news ;-). There are indeed many who are driven away by the good news, but many more who are driven away by our bad news that we think is good news. I am one who heavily calls those in church to recognize and repent of their sin, but primarily emphasizes the new life available in Christ and his work in the Spirit renewing and blessing us. In my day to day interactions I try to ask ultimate questions to spur on considering the ultimate answer in Jesus. It seems many realize they fail, but few realize that the Lord knows this and loves them anyways and is reaching out in love to them…to redeem and transform them.
I love that Jesus was different and went against the grain. Eating with, loving, and saving sinners, tax collectors, and prostitutes. Not what I’d expect from a holy God! Those who seemed to hate Him the most were the “religious.” Those who were proud, rich, learned, and well placed in society. The religious leaders and know-it-alls.
Is Jesus and His death-burial-resurrection good news or bad news? Doesn’t it depend on perspective and the person hearing it? If they recognize their condition and need of a Savior? It’s good news! Great news! Amazing, life-changing news! If the receiver remains arrogant and cold-hearted, it’s bad news. Why? Because they’re relying on themselves and someone is telling them they aren’t good enough and need to rely on Jesus.
If you recognize your thirst, a drink of water is welcomed and refreshing. If you don’t realize you’re thirsty and in need of water, someone offering a drink seems annoying and bothersome.
Your blog continues to encourage and challenge me. Thank you.
I keep going back to Jesus command to love God, love people. I don’t see anywhere in Jesus teachings that we are to beat people with the gospel. Rarely do we meet people who don’t already know that they need help (except for the religious legalist), need a Savior.
I heard of a young man who politely told his Mother to stop trying to be his Holy Spirit. I don’t think it is just “moms” who try to be the Holy Spirit in others lives…..
People respond to love and acceptance. With Christ living in and through us they WILL see Jesus and at some point the Spirit will bring the conviction.
Part of our problem is that we’ve been taught that the totality of the good news is the death and resurrection of Christ. That’s certainly good news. But it’s not all of the good news.
Otherwise what “good news” was Jesus preaching when he was on earth? Was the Prodigal Son good news? What about all the “Kingdom of God is like…” parables? Were they good news? None of them had the cross.
So we need to be preaching the right Jesus – the crucified and resurrected one – for sure. BUt that doesn’t mean we always start with the “hard stuff.” If someone can’t hear it – really hear it – then it’s not good news to them at that time. We might know it’s good news for them, but if they don’t, then it’s not…
So…a suggestion – let’s start where people are, and work from there. Doesn’t mean we’re watering anything down, it simply means we’re being wise (as were both Jesus and Paul).
With many such parables he spoke to the word to them, as they were able to hear it.
I think that part of the problem is that we don’t listen to people. The old adage is that we have one mouth and two ears, we should listen twice as much as talk.
If we love people we will want to make relationship with them, especially those with whom we find this prospect challenging (like our perceived enemies or our most irritating acquaintances).
We do need to be intentional in sharing Jesus, but would do well to take account of people’s culture and experience of Christianity. If we wade in with you must do this or you must believe that, what happens if they hear something different than what we intended?
The Good News is a person and His Kingdom, not our prescription for fixing someone else.
As someone who works among Muslims in North Africa… The Good News is the only thing that distinguishes the teaching and life of Jesus from that of any other prophet and another religion… What was God’s most radical expression of love? How did He establish His Kingdom here on earth? God coming to earth, leaving the safety and security of Heaven, dies for His enemies. Redeeming mankind to Himself in the most strange and unusual way… He call us to do the same. Radical expression of love for the “bad guys”. After all, who did Jesus die for? Just the good guys… just the ones that are a little more righteous than others? Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you…
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