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pursuing the upward call with fear and trembling

just a 44 year old man seeking to share my meanderings with the world at large or the blogosphere at small

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Good News Is Just That

The meaning of gospel is good news. The good news of Jesus Christ and His Lordship as Messiah. So strange that alot of people find it so much easier to use Him as a cussword. Bill Cosby had a comedy bit about that, saying he thought that was his name as a kid because his dad would yell that out whenever he was mad or chagrined by something Bill did. Good News. It really is isnt it??? Sometimes looking at life and all the ways man is still so inhumane to man it appears like this Good News did not sink in 2,000 years ago when God became flesh and dwelt among us.

The law was given to expose our inability to keep it and live by it. The very people who should have been the most lawabiding,upright and holy became lawless idolaters who rebelled in all kinds of ways against God who sought to have a personal relationship with them. Law is harsh and really knows little about mercy. If you break the law,you pay the consequences. Those who were charged with teaching the law to others circumvented it to their own advantage. Good News was sorely needed.

The law was given through Moses, grace and truth were realized by Jesus Christ. Jesus not only BROUGHT good news, Jesus IS good news!!!!! He is not good news that sits in heaven on a cloud twiddling His thumbs hoping His Father will tell Him to make His Second Coming which has been ballyhooed for eons now. He makes His good news present NOW in and for all of us!!!!! Christ in you the hope of glory. Jesus came to save sinner, He didnt come to save righteous people, why would they need saving??? So much emphasis throughout the foundation of the Church has been on moral behavior. Our lives are to reflect Jesus behavior, but because His love and grace have set us free from law and sin, not so we can perform in a way to gain approval from Him. Jesus loves us just as we are, all our faults and craziness and failing and everything. Good News!!!!! I want to articulate points i have more in my head, i shall soon. Just soaking in His Good News is yesterday,today and forever!!!!!!

1 Comments:

At 4:29 AM, Blogger Aphra said...

In theory you would think that with Jesus the moral behavior would come from inside us. But it's not always that easy. There are people who don't know Christ who live in the shadow of fear and are more 'moral' than some Christians. I think it's a balance of having love of Christ on the inside and a healthy fear of God on the outside to keep us on the right track!

 

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