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Good News


GOOD NEWS

The Bible starts with the good news and the bad news. The good news is that God created everything in the universe for us humans. Unlike other creatures, God created man in his own image and likeness (Gen 1:26-27). “God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth” (Gen 1:28). However, the bad news is that the first humans failed God’s test by their disobedience. God expelled them from Paradise, giving them hope of victory over the tempter through a saviour (Gen 3:15).

Humanity had been waiting for the God-promised saviour of the world. Centuries passed while expectations for the Messiah’s coming continued through prophetic revelations. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds and told them, “I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a saviour has been born for you who is the Messiah and Lord” (Lk 2:10-11). When Jesus preached in the synagogue in Nazareth, he quoted from Isaiah that the Spirit of the Lord anointed him to bring glad tidings to the poor (Lk 4:18).

The Greek word for good news is ‘gospel’. It entails the message of salvation. God’s promise of a saviour is fulfilled in Jesus. He accomplished his mission through his incarnation, public ministry, passion, death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. His victory and his promise of coming again to reward those who keep his commandments is the good news the apostles shared. The people have to repent and accept this salvation through baptism, observance of the commandment of love, and participation in the Church Jesus established.

 


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