Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Good News Bad News

It is amazing how often in the scriptures that good news accompanies bad. In Isaiah 61 we have this great prophecy. Jesus will come and preach, and heal. He will set the sinner free and proclaim the year of the Lord. He will comfort all who mourn. This is all great news.
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
But notice verse 2. He will also proclaim the day of vengeance of our God. The DAY of the Lord is good and bad. It is great news for those who have the righteousness of Christ. But it will be a day of terror for those who do not know the Christ.

2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,

People need to hear both sides of the story. God's kindness leads some to repentance, but his wrath is also very real. Good news and bad news, we need them both.

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