Saturday 21 Apr 2018
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Psalm 1: 2-3

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

The good news from the Lord

Isaiah 61:1.” The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,”

What is the hope of the one who believes in God and exercises such faith through Jesus? What is the fuss all about one might be tempted to say. What is the hope of every believer who comes to Jesus by faith? This answer is captured for us by these verses, and I have chosen to sum them up as the good news. These are verses highlighting the promises of God to a world and people in need of his mercy, healing, transformation and deliverance, in order words a world in need of salvation.  To say that the world of mankind is sick and in dire situation will be stating the obvious and to say that mankind is groaning under the pains inflicted by the sickness will be repeating what is clear to the eyes.

In a world where poverty is rife even in the midst of plenty, a world where evil seems to be its hallmark, where the works of darkness appeals to its inhabitants over the works of light, such a world has to be sick. In a world where wars, famine, diseases are rife and unending, bringing destruction, death and misery upon many, such a world has got to be sick. A world where pain and suffering is rife with little or no help in sight has got to be sick.  To say that mankind is in bondage and in need of deliverance might sound far fetched. But one only need to look around him to see what is going on, then re-visit what the scripture have to say in order to begin to appreciate the good news.

The scripture identified this sickness as resulting from the fallen spiritual condition of man as a result of sin. The chaos which the world of the fallen man is reeling from is one which manifests the fruits of a sinful nature; the scripture said that through the sin of one man death entered into the world. Not only did sin enter into the world, it also holds everyone born into the same world a captive. The manner of bondage in question is one which mankind cannot overthrow or save himself from, the burden of it all remains his lifetime grief and sorrow. As a prisoner of sin, the notions and desires of his master remain his life time endeavor, while his own peace was the ultimate sacrifice. He carries about on his shoulders a debt he cannot pay, yet one which will be demanded of his soul on the day he stands before his Maker in judgment; as a result he lives under condemnation, fearful and anxious of what will be his lot both in this world and in the one to come. Who will deliver me from this body of sin? - This was his cry as the enormous size of his debts dawned on him when he was confronted by the laws of his Maker and Judge.

The good news on offer is God’s loving and merciful response to mankind’s cry for help through the sending of His beloved Son Jesus as the Messiah as prophesied through Isaiah and other prophets. The good news is that a Messiah is coming and had indeed come, one who would deliver mankind from the burden of sin weighing heavily upon his soul. This Messiah is none other than the one revealed to us also from the same scripture-Jesus the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. The good news is in Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57
“?Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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