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Monday, October 26, 2020

The Good News is Yours

God loves you. Jesus is your Savior—your Healer—your Deliverer—your Provider. Do you know it?


Following His forty-day temptation by Satan, Jesus traveled to Nazareth and went to the synagogue on the Sabbath. He read from the prophet Isaiah. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19, NKJV). And, then speaking of himself, He told everyone there, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21, NKJV). 


In the synagogue that day, Jesus spoke His purpose into being. He had come in the power of God’s Spirit to preach the Gospel to those poor with no hope—to set the captives of sin and sickness free—to heal those brokenhearted and oppressed. The time of the Lord’s favor had come. 


The Gospel is God’s good news for man. It is the power of God to save everyone (Romans 1:16), and that salvation is more than just passage to heaven. The Gospel heals, delivers, and brings wholeness. You can’t separate healing from the Gospel. Jesus was healing personified. He healed everyone who came to Him with great compassion. Jesus never denied anyone healing or asked what they had done or what might have caused their sickness. He just loved and healed them. “By His stripes, you are healed,” Isaiah prophesied about Jesus (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus healed then, and He heals today.


The Gospel has power, and it stirs faith in those who hear it (Romans 10:17). When you hear the Gospel, it draws you into a relationship with Jesus. It draws you into the goodness of the love of God. It encourages you and sets you free from the lies of the enemy. It breaks through all the bondage of sin, sickness, fear, torment, oppression, and shame. Evil dies, and your needs are met in its power. The Gospel sets the captive free.


Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13). The word here for salvation is the Greek word “soteria.”  Its meaning includes salvation, health, and deliverance. Whenever Jesus preached the Word, miracles of healing and deliverance followed. It is the same today. When the Gospel is preached, salvation in all its fullness is received. Forgiveness, healing, and deliverance are signs that follow the Word of God being spoken. When you call on the name of the Lord, you are saved in all the fullness of the Gospel.


Forgiveness and healing and deliverance and provision all come together in God’s compassionate grace. These are all parts of the goodness of God. When you hear the pure, unmodified Gospel of God’s grace, you know it. Its power changes you. Forgiven, healed, delivered, and lacking nothing—you are whole in the love of God.


When you received salvation, you didn’t understand everything about it. You hadn’t read the whole Bible before you prayed to receive Christ. You heard that God forgave your sins and loved you. He wanted to be a part of your life. And you said yes! You received the Gospel with child-like faith. You receive healing in the same way that you responded to the Gospel when you were born again. You accept it without having to understand everything about it. 


Do you want to receive the wholeness the Gospel has for you?  Respond in the same way that you asked Jesus into your heart—by faith. Healing begins by hearing the Word and allowing it to renew your perception of God’s love. The Word and faith work together to build confident hope. You receive healing by believing.


“All things are possible to him who believes,” Jesus told the father of the tormented boy and healed him.


You are loved compassionately. Jesus is your Savior from sin and all its destruction. He is your Healer—your Deliverer—your Provider. The Good News is yours in all of its fullness and power. 


©2020 Lynn Lacher

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