Friday, May 31, 2013

Jesus Christ, Son of God

Reflections on Mark 1:1

Where does the good news begin?  It begins in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  

Good news, salvation has come.  Jesus is a name which means “Jehovah is salvation” or “Jehovah saves.” The one who saves his people from their sins has come (Matthew 1:21).  

Good news, the Messiah reigns.  Christ is the Greek word for the Hebrew word Messiah, the title worn by Israel's king indicating that God had designated and consecrated him to be the king by anointing him with sacred oil.  For centuries, no king had reigned in Israel, but now God has anointed a king whom he strengthens and establishes as he did David (Psalm 89:19-29). The anointed king shepherds God’s people by binding up the broken hearted, proclaiming liberty to captives, and comforting those who mourn (Isaiah 61:1-4).  

Good news, God is with us.  Jesus is not merely a human who is subject to all the weaknesses of sinful flesh.  Instead, he is “God with us,” or “Immanuel” (Matthew 1:23).  He does not fail to deliver and comfort his people.  Even though he was tested even to the point of death, he arose victorious over death and lives to deliver and to comfort his people.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Good News

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
-- Mark 1:1 (my translation)

Good news brings hope to the despairing, joy to the sorrowful, peace to the anxious, freedom to the prisoner, forgiveness to the guilty, justice to the maligned, friendship to the forgotten, and rest to the weary. The origins of that good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, are recorded in this book. Listen (read) with anticipation and excitement. You will not be disappointed.