A Good Story
A Good Story
Emma asked us the other Sunday about what the gospel is – Mark starts his ‘Gospel’ with
“The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God……”
I discovered last weekend that the Greek word was accurately translated originally into our Old English Anglo Saxon “godspel” (remember the musical?), which meant “good story” or “good news”, and as people together on Sunday called out, the good story or good news about Jesus Christ the Son of God is that God has wonderfully provided this amazing gift of salvation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus: Jesus being the Greek form of Joshua, which means “the Lord saves”
“He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him — our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him.” Isaiah 53:3-6
Wooh! That really is good news, and you know what, it’s such a good story, ‘cos when we’re adopted into His family, we’re then part of that story too, His story then becomes ours – whatever our story was before!