Emmanuel God is With Us – and That is Good News

When Jesus was born, the angel of the Lord proclaimed to the shepherds in the
field “behold I bring you good news of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For to
you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:8-
17).

Jesus after He began His ministry, found Himself in the book and declared from
(Luke 4:14-21) “and Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee; and there
went out a fame of Him, through all the region round about.  And He taught in their
synagogues, being glorified of all.  And He came to Nazareth, where He had been
brought up and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath
day, and stood up to read.  And there was delivered to Him the book of the prophet
Isaiah.  And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was
written.  The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach
the gospel to the poor.  He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty
them that are bruised.  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  And He closed
the book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down.  And the eyes of all
them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.  And He began to say, this
day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears”.

The good news is that Jesus has compassion on us (Luke 7:11-17) says “It came to
pass the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples
went with Him, and much people.  Now when He came near to the gate of the city,
behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was
a widow, and much people of the city was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, He
had compassion on her, and said to her, weep not.  And He came and touched the
coffin, and they that bare him stood still.  And He said, young man, I say to you,
arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak.  And He delivered him to
his mother.  And there came a reverence on all, and they glorified God, saying, that
a great prophet is risen up among us; and that God has visited His people.  And the
rumor of Him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round
about”.  You see because the young man’s mother was a widow, and had no means
of support, Jesus intervened.    Acts 10:38 says “How God anointed, Jesus of
Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good, and
healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him”.
Jesus gave us commands “heal the sick, cleanse the leper, raise the dead, cast out
devils” (Matthew 10:8, and Luke 9:1-2) He said to His 12 disciples.  And to the 70
elders in Luke 10:9 He said “heal the sick, that are therein, and say to them.  The
kingdom of God is come near to you”.

He commanded us (believers) also in Mark 16:15-18); He tells us to go into all the
world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believes and is baptized
shall be saved, but he that believes not shall be dammed.  And these signs shall
follow them that believe; in My name shall they cast out devils, they shall speak with
new tongues.  They shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly things, it
shall not hurt them, they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.  We are
the body of Christ, His hands and His feet.

Jesus is alive today, and He is still changing people’s lives.  Revelation 12:11 says
“and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their
testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death”.  Our testimony is so very
important, because it shows people that God is still working in the lives of His
people.  The good news is as you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior; when we
come to Jesus, we come as we are, but because He loves us, He doesn’t want us to
stay that way.  He begins to change us from the inside out, as we surrender our life
to Him.  Psalms 107 says many times “then they cried to the Lord Yahweh in their
trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses”.

The early church believed the good news and they believed that with the Holy Spirit
living on the inside of them, that they were enabled to do what Jesus said in John 14:
12 which says “verily, verily, I say to you, he that believes on Me, the works that I do
shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go to My
Father”.

His disciples would over and over use the authority given to them and many
miracles happened (Acts chapter 3) Peter and John commanded the man lame from
birth to rise up and walk in the name of Jesus, and he did.  In chapter 8 Philip went
down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ to them.  And the people with one
accord gave heed to those things which Philip spoke, hearing and seeing the
miracles which he did.  The gospel always produces praise and worship.  As the
people experienced the hand of God in their lives, and the lives of those around,
they glorified God.

God uses ordinary people and enables them to do extra ordinary things; Jesus
called twelve ordinary men to be His disciples.  He is still using ordinary people
today (I Corinthians 1:27-31) “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to
confound the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound
the things which are mighty.  And base things of the world, and things which are
despised, has God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things
that are.  That no flesh should glory in His presence.  But of Him are you in Christ
Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification,
and redemption.  That, according as it is written, he that glories, let him glory in the
Lord”.  Philippians 1:6 says “being confident of this very thing, that He which has
begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”.

The good news is that God does not want any to perish, but come to the knowledge
of the truth.  God has justified the ungodly by the blood of Jesus.  Jesus dies for
every sin of every body; and that all any one need do is to accept Jesus and their
Lord and Savior.

Jesus came to bring us everything that Adam lost at the fall.  Adam lost relationship
with God, he lost everlasting life with God.  As sin entered the world, sickness and
death came.  Everything that Adam lost was regained at the cross by Jesus.  The
gospel is that all of our sins are forgiven and that we are to reign in life.  A lot of
people accept that their sins are forgiven and that they will go to heaven when the
die.  But Romans 5:17 says that we are supposed to reign in life by Jesus Christ.

The gospel is a free gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-10);  Jesus said “the thief comes
not but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I am come that they might have life, and
that they might have it more abundantly”.  We are included in the covenant
(Galatians 3:29) says “and if you be Christ’s then are you Abraham’s seed, and
heirs according to the promise”.

The good news is possible to whosoever will believe (Mark 11:23) “for verily I say to
you, that whosoever shall say to this mountain, be you removed, and be you cast
into the sea and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things
which he says shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he says”.

Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: March 22, 2009
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