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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Revealing the good news of Jesus Christ

by Jeff Hegstrom

Every time I read John 3:16, I am deeply reminded that God’s heart is to reveal Himself to a world that He loves.   In the Bible, we learn God’s heart and plan to reveal Himself to His creation that we may truly know Him and come into relationship with Him through His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.  That is the good news, the Gospel - the hope of glory!

This past week as my family celebrated Christmas together, I was reminded in the Christmas story how God intentionally revealed Himself, His love and His desire to be with us, through the birth of His one and only Son Jesus Christ.  The good news was declared through angels to; Joseph and Mary, Zachariah and Elizabeth, to shepherds, and He even used a star to lead and reveal the Savior of the World to the wise men.

When Jesus had grown older and was planning to begin His ministry upon the earth, He went to be baptized by John the Baptist.  And when John saw Jesus approaching, John said, “… the reason I came baptizing with water was that He might be revealed to Israel.”  John 1:31

In the time that Jesus was physically walking and ministering on the earth, He clearly understood the mission that God had given Him.  Luke 4:43, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”

Today, God chooses to reveal Himself and His glory through you!  In the fourteenth chapter of the book of John, Jesus told His disciples that very soon He was going to leave this earth to be with His father and not to be troubled or afraid by what was about to take place.  In fact, Jesus encourages them by telling them what they should expect. Take a minute to look the following verses up and journal your discoveries of how God chooses to reveal Himself and His glory through you.

John 14:12-14
John 14:26-27
Matthew 28:18-20
Acts 1:8:
As a disciple of Jesus Christ, you and I must clearly understand the mission the He has given us.  Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is about revealing God’s glory in everything we say and do.  It is genuinely and authentically living out our everyday life in a way that truly reflects the Hope of Glory, the good news, that the world may not only see, but come to know Him through the reflection of Jesus Christ in you.

Colossians 1:27, “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Will you stop right here for a couple minutes to read, pray and reflect on how you could live out the following verses genuinely and authentically in your everyday life?  Let God reveal His heart for you and ask Him how He wants to reveal His glory in you and in all that you do. 

Matthew 5:16 , “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
John 15:8, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

1 Corinthians 10:31-33. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way.  For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.”

What was one practical thing that God revealed as you read these verses?

Taking it deeper:

  • Take a minute to recall how God revealed the Good News to you? 
  • Who were the people in your life that He used to reveal His great love and His desire to have a relationship with you through His one and only Son, Jesus Christ? 
  • Was it spoken words and/or actions that revealed God’s glory and His love?
  • As a disciple of Jesus Christ…How are you living in a way that is revealing the Hope of Glory in you?
Final thought:
As a father of three boys, I am often reminded and challenged not only by the power of the words I choose to speak, but by the power of my actions.  What I have discovered is “Actions speak louder than words!”

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