Many of us have experienced the anxiety of choosing teams on the playground. Unless you are the star athlete, it is an agonizing process. As we enter this year’s all-church focus, Game On!, it is important to know that we don’t have to feel this anxiety before God. That might surprise you. Let us explain.
As you begin this devotional, you will be working through one of the most beloved books in the whole Bible – and the most beloved of the gospels. Gospel can be used in a couple of different, but related, ways. It literally means “good news.” One meaning is when it is attached to Jesus’ story by one of His authorized biographers – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We are reading the “good news” of Jesus’ arrival, death, and resurrection from John’s perspective.
Gospel also refers to the “good news” in a broader sense. Specifically, it is what God has done for us in Jesus to bring us from a state of separation from Him to becoming His daughters and sons – His choosing us to be on His team. Whether they mention the name of Jesus or His actions, all of the Bible is part of this gospel story. So, what is this “good news” and how do we respond to it?