“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free…” —Luke 4:18
The word gospel is taken from the Anglo-Saxon word god-spell, meaning good story. The word in Greek is euangelion, from which we get the word evangelism. In Jesus’s time, it was also used to refer to the good news of victory proclaimed by soldiers returning from battle.
The Good News story narrates Jesus’s incarnation, life, death and resurrection, and its impact now and through eternity. Frontier Fellowship believes the Gospel is Good News for all people and that every person on earth deserves the opportunity to hear the good story of Jesus in the context of his or her own language and culture.
But what does that good story of God’s victory look like today in the ordinary lives of people around the world? What is the Good News for fishermen, farmers, accountants, teachers and construction workers? What does the Good News of God’s salvation look like for the billions of people worldwide who are displaced and living in poverty? For those suffering from disease, malnutrition or human trafficking?
As you read, watch or listen to the news today, reflect on the particular people groups being mentioned. How might the Good News of Jesus be made manifest in their lives spiritually? Emotionally? Physically? Pray that God’s victorious Good News would reach them and free them—in body, mind and in spirit— through Christ.