Preach the Good News

These are the sermon notes from 12/30/12.

Isaiah 61:1-3

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

It is common for prophetic words to have multiple applications.  These verses could originally have been applied to Isaiah himself.  Later, they were applied to Jesus.  Today, I believe that we can apply them to ourselves.

We have the Spirit of the Lord within our hearts.  As Christians we believe that we have been ‘born again’ , that the Spirit of God dwells within our hearts through our faith in Jesus.

The disciples were charged to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.”  As modern disciples of Jesus, we too, are expected to share the good news of salvation in Jesus.

The message that we bring is able to heal the broken-hearted. There are many people in our world today that need their hearts to be healed.

Our message is able to set people free.  In Christ, we are set free from the penalty of sin.  We are set free from trying to earn our salvation by being good enough.  We are set free from the bonds of sin, in that God will give us the power to change the way that we think and act.  Old habits can be broken.  We are new creations in Christ.

Could 2013 be the year that Christ returns?  Of course that is possible, but we do not make any predictions, for no man knows the time that Christ will return.  Remember, that the Day of the Lord will be a time of rejoicing for those who believe, but a time of mourning for those who have rejected the offer of forgiveness in Christ.

We offer comfort to those who mourn.  We do not mourn as those who have no hope, but we believe in a life that goes beyond the grave.  In the tests and trials of this life we believe that God will give us wisdom and strength, that He will never leave us or forsake us.

Our lives should be marked by joy, praise, and righteousness.  This is part of the abundant life that Christ has promised to his followers.

This message is indeed good news to those who believe.

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