Gospel Is The Good News

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The word gospel is derived from Old English meaning “good news” or “glad tidings”. The Greek word euangelion which means good message is the the source for the word evangelist. 1. Mark’s Gospel, now considered the first of the synoptic gospels makes no delay in the identification of who this man, Jesus, is. He is the Messiah, the anointed one, from the Greek word Christos. From the very first verse of this Gospel, the evangelist knows and proclaims who Jesus is: “the Messiah, the Son of God. 2. Now this evangelist will, through his Gospel, begin a discourse which will allow all the characters from the disciples to the centurion to realize that “Surely, this was the Son of God.” Mark 15: 39. One of themes of Mark’s gospel is the Good…show more content…
Jesus’ authority to forgive sins is central to the good news. However, for Mark it is more than forgiveness. John baptized with water, but the good news of Jesus’ coming is that he will baptize with the Holy Spirit which is proclaimed by John the Baptist in verse 8. 7. When Jesus heals the paralyzed man and then tells him that his sins are forgiven the teachers of the law are incredulous. This is part of the good news. Jesus has the power to forgive sins however upsetting it is to the religious establishment. Mark 1:15 goes up to say to “believe” in the good news. Belief, faith, is the core of the good news. Mark 9:23 sums it best: “Everything is possible for one who believes”. Mark 11: 24; Therefore I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours”. Jesus also shows the healing power of faith in Mark 2:5,34 and 10:52 as he heals the paralytic man and the woman who touched his clothes wishing to be healed. He teaches us a valuable lesson in that it was their faith that healed them which should be an example for us today. Another motif which is sewn in the fabric of the good news is what William Loder calls the “radical inclusiveness of Jesus” or simply put “we are all part of God’s kingdom”. 8. He enlists fisherman, a tax collector, and the open sharing of a meal
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