‘After this, Jesus travelled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.’ Luke 8.1
The kingdom is meant to be good news - but is this true for us? So often our faith appears to come down to what we should not do, negative commandments and the discipline of the Lord. Where is the good news?
As we read through more of chapter 8, the good news seems to be, at least in part, the transforming presence of Jesus with people. We read of Jesus stilling a storm, lifting chronic oppression from a man, healing a woman who had been suffering for twelve years and giving a family back their daughter whom he had raised from the dead. This is all very good news!
Spend a few moments in the presence of Jesus, and ask yourself this question – “Where is he for me right now?” As you become aware of him with you, speak to him about the transforming touch you need upon your life, and remember that his presence brings good news.
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