Don’t you love good news? That moment when someone announces something that brings unthinkable joy, followed by great celebration!
God’s Word is filled with good news. In fact, the word gospel means “good news.” As Christians, we quickly tie gospel to salvation, and so it is. However, the good news stretches beyond merely salvation from sin and hell’s fiery furnace. Good news came from heaven as Jesus was born that glorious night in Bethlehem. The angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest!”
Before that, good news came when the prophet, Isaiah (and others), predicted the coming of One who would be our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace, and who would rule the world with justice an righteousness!
Later, Jesus Himself delivered good news to His disciples (and us) when He told them He was going away to prepare a place, and that He will come again to receive us and to take us home to the place He is now preparing! That is good news!
Furthermore, the Bible says we will return with Him to earth one day, where He will fulfill the final events described in Isaiah 9:6-7. In that day, the government WILL rest upon His shoulders and He WILL reign in justice and righteousness!
However, one very important thing must occur before then.
“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.~Zechariah 12:10
One day (during the Tribulation), Jewish eyes will be open and Israel will experience national salvation. Romans 11:26 tells us that all Israel will be saved!
For that to happen, Israel must be a nation! From Roman destruction of Jerusalem and the dispersion of the Jews in 70 AD, until May 14, 1948, there was no nation of Israel! There could not have been national salvation for Israel during those centuries. But, Israel is back in her land, and the prophetic clock now ticks close to midnight!
The Good News came in the form of a baby, born in a manger, in Bethlehem of Judea. Bethlehem was the place sacrificial lambs were born and raised for temple sacrifices 6 miles away in Jerusalem. Jesus was the Sacrificial Lamb, born to bear the sins of His people, yet they did not recognize Him as the Promised One.
Nevertheless, He has not forgotten His people. Through trial and hardship they have gone, and through the soon-coming Tribulation they will go. But, they will look upon Him and will mourn and weep bitterly. Eyes and hearts will be open to receive Him as Messiah, their Savior. That is good news!
Our point is to rejoice in the Good News as we close out 2019. Let’s remain faithful to do so. However, will you also join me in prayer for salvation of the Jewish people? Thousands have come to recognize Yeshua as Messiah, and those will be taken with us in the rapture! As the last moments of the last days tick away, these are days in which Jews and Gentiles alike are invited into the Kingdom. As you rejoice in the Good News, please pray for others to see Jesus as the Good News!
We’ll close out this series tomorrow. See you then!