Updated on November 22, 2014
The Jesus Project: He Brings Good News…
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news…” –Isaiah 61:1a, ESV
He brings good news.
Jesus doesn’t come empty handed. He arrives with the anointing of the Spirit, His purpose from God, and carrying with Him the best of all things: the good news. But what is it, exactly?
You are created
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…The God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them…then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” –Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 2:7, ESV
“But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.'” –Isaiah 43:1, ESV
You are loved
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?…Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:31, 33-35, 37-39, ESV
You can be forgiven
“Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” –Luke 24:46-47, ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” –John 3:16, ESV
You can be saved
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believe in Him is not condemned…” –John 3:17-18a, ESV
You can be made new
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” –2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV
“‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also He said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'” –Revelation 21:5, ESV
You can have peace
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace” –Ephesians 2:13-15, ESV
You can have life
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” –1 John 4:9, ESV
“and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” –Ephesians 3:19-21, ESV
You can have purpose
“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life.” –1 Timothy 1:15-16, ESV
What do you feel you lack? If it is forgiveness, He’s already done the work–you need only to ask for release. If it is salvation, He conquered death that you may have life. And if you salvation question is already sealed, that you know you’re His, do you need a reminder that you were created with purpose? Maybe your praise pants are in a bunch and you need a little peace. The good news brings all you need for life and liberty in Christ.
…all because He came bringing the good news.
“Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” –Proverbs 25:25, ESV
And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.” –Revelation 21:6, ESV
Drink deeply. Quench the thirst. And keep coming back for more.