The gospel is so familiar to us that we often forget that to those who heard Jesus preach, it was a liberating and hope-filled experience. He spoke of a God who was a loving parent, of laws that were made for the people not the reverse, of the poor being blessed, of those who hungered for justice being satisfied. The God of Jesus cared about the sick and knew when a sparrow fell to the ground. The ones who were condemned were not the needy but the rich who were selfish and the priestly class who oppressed the people. Poor widows were praised and Pharisees were criticized. How startling this must have been! How could they believe such good news? Do we really believe it ourselves? How evident is this belief in the public figures who make a great issue of their Christianity?
Renew my spirit, O Lord.
Read one of the gospels from beginning to end.
How can you spread the good news?
Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”
The temptation of the age is to look good without being good.
The one indispensable requirement for producing godly, mature Christians is godly, mature Christians.
To treat people differently based on who believes what is to fail to respect the image of God in everyone. As the book of James says, “God shows no favoritism.” So we don’t either.
My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew but she didn’t raise me in the church, so I came to my Christian faith later in life and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead.