Acts 13:22-33,38-39 (NIV)
“22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
23 From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised. 24 Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel. 25 As John was completing his work, he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for. But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’
26 Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent. 27 The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.28 Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem.They are now his witnesses to our people.
32 “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors 33 he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus…38 Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39 Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.”
As Christians, it is important to remember that we are not only teaching and proclaiming Jesus’ name, we are students of God’s word as well. The Lord’s word is infinite and timeless, and we will never stop learning new things and increasing our knowledge of God and His will for us.
That’s why I started thinking about the term we all use…”The Good News” concerning our hope and faith as believers. Of course it has to do the death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior Christ Jesus. The good news has also been referred to by names such as “Christ crucified” or the “gospel of the cross.”
In any event, I thought it would be good to review our gospel message in these words of the apostle Paul to the Jewish and Gentile worshipers in the synagogue at Pisidian Antioch. It seems in the early days of the church, some of the history behind the lineage of Jesus and His foretelling as the Messiah was often spoken of by the teachers of the gospel.
An example of this is found in (VV. 22-33) of our text above. This is good detail for us to share, as it further ties in Jesus through history, scripture, and the prophets as the One and only Son of God and Savior of mankind (also see Isaiah 53:1-11, Luke 9:35, John 14:6).
It also sets him apart from John the Baptist, who was sent to help prepare the way for the Savior, but was not the Messiah himself, (see Matthew chapter three). Some in those early days may have been confused on that point of scripture. Even John himself understood there was One to come after Him, (Jesus), whose “sandals he was not fit to untie,” (Acts 13:25, Mark 1:7).
Finally toward the end of Paul’s message, he declares the fact that we know and love about the Lord Jesus Christ…that through Him “the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.” “Through Him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses,” (VV. 38-39).
In my estimation, it is important sometimes to cover a bit of the background of Jesus as foretold in scripture in order to tell the full story of the “Good News.” It can lend an even richer, more enhanced appreciation of what God and His Son had planned in love for us from the beginning of the world.
If this can help a person to believe in the Lord, so let us tell about it. There are many different ways of declaring the gospel message of Christ at the cross. However we decide to share it, either with words that teach or actions in our lives, may we work to deliver the life-saving words of Christ Jesus to this lost and dying world!
May we be ever more effective in passing along the gospel message of Christ…
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