In order to understand the “good news” we must first grasp the “bad news”.
– Mandy Garcia
Isaiah 61:1a – “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.”
700 years after Isaiah the Prophet first uttered those words, Jesus proclaimed these words about himself. What did Jesus mean that He came to preach “good news”? In order to understand the “good news” we must first grasp the “bad news”. Because of
Adam’s choice to disobey God sin affected the whole human race.
This is why women have struggled with identity, sexuality, relationships, hurt, shame, guilt, loneliness and the list goes on. The “good news” though, is that Jesus came to rescue us who are poor in spirit. We don’t always live in this reality though, because we tend to forget this good news. But we need to take the advice of Martin Luther the great reformer who said, “Preach the gospel to yourself every day.” Meaning, we need to remind ourselves of the “good news,” when we find ourselves dealing with…
Identity issues...the good news declares that you have a new identity in Christ.
Guilt…the good news declares that you are forgiven.
Comparison…the good news says you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Feeling like a failure…the good news declares that you are an overcomer.
Feeling unloved…the good news declares that you have a Father who greatly loves you.
So, the next time you find yourself struggling, look to Jesus and the “good news” that he has brought to you and proclaim it over your life!