This is the very essence of the Good news, written clearly in a just a few verses of the book of Acts. Through Jesus, by recognising and accepting the truth of his life, death and resurrection, there is peace with God. And God shows no special favouritism to any one particular group or nation. It is by our faith, and our individual belief in Jesus alone, that we are given peace, rest and the blessings of joy that abound when we walk in the light and truth of Jesus. People who don’t know God, often wonder what they need to be saved from. Well, the great gift that Jesus gives us when we accept his eternal truth, is salvation from the terror of a life lived in fear and loneliness. It is release from the fear of failure and inadequacy, and the righting off of your debt or release from slavery to people or habits you hate. It is the gift of enough courage and confidence to live with love and compassion, despite the best efforts of the darkest forces that swirl all around us in this world. That is how I understand the healing Jesus brings from the oppression of the devil. That is the reality of being forgiven of the burden of our sins that we all carry and regret.
Acts 10:34-43 NLT
Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favouritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee, after John began preaching his message of baptism. And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. “And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear, not to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead. He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.”
My goal is to testify to those who don’t know that there is this good news. I want to share this peace I have found in Jesus. The apostles, who knew Jesus and witnessed his life and deeds first hand, were ordered to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is appointed by God to be our Judge. Many, that do not yet know the wonderful grace and unconditional love of God, might think that to be judged by Jesus, or anyone, is a bad thing! But if you hear his truth and long for his peace, I can testify from my own personal experience, that when you open your heart and confess your failures and shortcomings and ask him to forgive you and love you anyway, nothing will ever be the same again. Jesus will hold you and guide you, He will comfort you and protect you – now and forever.
1 Kings 15:25-17:24, Acts 10:24-48, Psalms 134:1-3, Proverbs 17:9-11