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There are 4 gospels, but only one Gospel – Gabriel announces to Zechariah and to us ‘and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.’ Lk 1: 19.
The word gospel simply means ‘good news’. The good news is of course all about Jesus. Each of the gospel writers delivers a portrait of Jesus Christ, based on eye witness material but with an aim, to give us confidence, surety, ‘that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.’ Luke 1: 4.
So starting December 2012 and on into 2013 we are reading Luke’s account. Luke is a thoughtful man, a doctor [Col 4: 14], a student of people, interested how the message of Jesus will impact the rich and the poor, women and men, Jews and gentiles. And like each of the gospels he realises that the good news about Jesus must be understood through the right view of the Kingdom of God. The value of the Kingdom exceeds all measure, and the message of good news entrusted to the church to announce is the gospel of the Kingdom.
So in this series we aim to be become even surer of our faith in Jesus, more aware of how it is relevant to every single person and how encountering and entering the Kingdom of God in and through Jesus Christ is just more important than anything else. No one who met Jesus was unaffected by the encounter. Let that be true for us through this season.