Why is the Gospel good news? Read on to learn more about the Gospel message and the Kingdom of God that Jesus brought to Earth.
Gospel of the Kingdom
Gospel is a word that means “good news,” but it’s more than that. It’s a royal announcement, and its use in the New Testament points to the radical announcement of God’s Kingdom coming to Earth through Jesus. The Gospel fulfills the promises of the Hebrew Bible, as we see Jesus bring God’s reign and rule in a way no one expected.Video Details
What is the good news of the Gospel really all about?
One of the first times we see mention of the Gospel of the Kingdom is in Isaiah. Isaiah talks about a messenger running toward the destroyed city of Jerusalem proclaiming the good news that their God is still King. The messenger says that God himself would one day return to the city to set up his Kingdom and bring peace to the land.
Jesus' Kingdom is Good News
In the New Testament we see the same phrase, "good news," again. It's a Greek phrase that is often translated as "gospel." Throughout the New Testament, this phrase is used to summarize all of Jesus' teachings, proclaiming everything that Jesus taught as "good news."
In several instances, Jesus described himself as the messenger of God's good news, just like the messenger that Isaiah foretold. The Jewish people had been expecting the messenger to come and pave the way for the Kingdom of God. However, the kingdom that Jesus described was not what the Jewish people were expecting. Instead of a powerful, militaristic rule that would defeat the Roman empire, Jesus spoke of a kingdom of love, meekness, and peace.
Word quickly spread that Jesus was saying he was the promised king yet failing to deliver the swift military defeat the Jewish people were expecting. The Jewish leaders were so threatened by this unusual kingdom (and even more unusual king) that they decided to have Jesus killed.
But the arrival of God’s Kingdom was not defeated by Jesus’ death on the cross. Jesus saw the sin and corruption of the world—past, present, and future—and he knew that there was no way the Kingdom of God could ever be built on Earth without an ultimate sacrifice to atone for all of humanity’s sins.
Not only did Jesus come to proclaim a kingdom unlike any other, he also came proclaiming himself as the true King of this new Kingdom.
In the Gospels, Jesus' crucifixion is depicted as his enthronement as the messianic King.
Jesus was given a crown of thorns and a robe, and he was lifted up onto a cross rather than a throne. People witnessing his crucifixion mocked him saying, "behold, the king of the Jews!"
But in death, Jesus went from the messenger bringing the good news of God's Kingdom to the King who would reign over it. He defeated sin and evil, and he established a way by which all of his followers could take part in the Kingdom of God.
Today, the Gospel of Jesus, the good news of God's Kingdom, is ours to deliver. Like the messenger that Isaiah foretold, we too are now charged with going out and proclaiming the good news of Jesus to the world.
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Luke-Acts is actually two accompanying works by the same author. Together, they form one cohesive story about the life of Jesus and the early Church.
3 Episodes •
Follow discussions between Tim & Jon as they prepare to write the theme video on "Gospel of the Kingdom"
Gospel of the Kingdom Episode 1
The Kingdom of God is central to Jesus' message. It is a theme in the Bible that spans from page 1 all the way to the second to last paragraph of the Bible.
Gospel of the Kingdom Episode 2
Co-Ruling with Jesus
God's Kingdom is introduced to us in Genesis 1 but then something goes wrong. We discuss how the Bible describes the conflict of the Kingdom of the world and the Kingdom of God and God's plan to fix it.
Gospel of the Kingdom Episode 3
God vs. Kings
What does it mean for Jesus to bring the Kingdom of God?