What Jesus Did! 'Good News of the Kingdom' — Luke 16:16

Thursday, September 24, 2015

"Before John the Baptizer came, God wanted the people to live by the law {of Moses} and the writings of the prophets. But since the time of John, the Good News about the kingdom of God is being told. Many people are trying hard to get into the kingdom of God."
— Luke 16:16 NLT
Illustration of Luke 16:16 NLT — "Before John the Baptizer came, God wanted the people to live by the law {of Moses} and the writings of the prophets."

Key Thought

Jesus helps us understand that the Good News of the Kingdom begins with John's preaching about the Christ. Moses and the prophets were the guides God had given for his people. However, with the coming of Jesus, a new time had begun. Jesus spoke of the Kingdom; he taught Kingdom values, spoke Kingdom parables, and displayed the power of God's Kingdom. This fresh message inspired fresh hope and ignited eager hearts. Luke's Gospel is written to help us hear that Good News of the Kingdom. It is a message of salvation and triumph rooted in the work of God throughout history and his great salvation that was accomplished in Jesus. It is God's Good News because it is about salvation, forgiveness, and the power of God's Spirit. It is God's Kingdom because his reign is seen in the repentance and life-change accomplished in the hearts and lives of those who confess Jesus as Lord.

Today's Prayer

LORD God Almighty, my Abba Father, thank you for your Good News! Thank you for Jesus, whose life, death, resurrection, exaltation, and outpouring of the Spirit make this Good News possible. I gladly live my life with Jesus as my Lord and pray that your Kingdom may be displayed in me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 1:3
  • Acts 8:12
  • Acts 28:23-24, 30-31

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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