What can bring us true freedom and joy? In Jesus we see the healing power of God's love and mercy in action. Wherever Jesus went, people gathered to hear him speak about the kingdom of heaven and God's promise to bring freedom and healing to those who put their trust in God. His gracious words brought hope, joy, and favor to those who were ready to receive him.
Jesus began his public ministry in his own land of Galilee where
he was reared.
His proclamation of the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy of
wonder to the people. Isaiah had prophesied that the Messiah would
the power of the Holy Spirit to bring freedom to those oppressed
by sin and
evil (see Isaiah 61:1-2). Jesus awakened their hope in the
promises of God.
They, in turn, received his words favorably and wondered what
of "Joseph's son".
Their hearts were hungry for the word of life
looked to Jesus with anticipation and wonder. Do you look to Jesus
and hope in the fulfillment of all God's promises?
The word "gospel" literally means "good news". Isaiah had
the Messiah would come in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring
those who suffered from physical, mental, or spiritual oppression
61:1-2). Jesus came to set people free, not only from their
from the worst affliction of all - the tyranny of slavery to sin,
the fear of losing one's life. God's power alone can save us from
dejection, hopelessness, and emptiness of life. The Gospel of
salvation is "good news" for everyone who will receive it. Do you
know the joy and freedom of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of
God who came to bring us the kingdom of heaven?
"Lord Jesus, you are the fulfillment of all our hopes and dreams.
Through the gift of your Holy Spirit you bring us truth, freedom,
and abundant life.
Fill me with the joy of the Gospel and inflame my heart with love
for you and for your kingdom of peace and righteousness".