Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
It seems obvious, at least to me, that Jesus came preaching a gospel of peace. The word gospel, in the Greek, means good tidings or glad tidings. In His first public sermon in the synagogue of His hometown after being tempted in the wilderness, Jesus chose Isaiah 61:1-3 for His text, which says, in part, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”
Now we should most certainly take a stand against and preach against sin and the immorality of degenerate man but that is only half of the story. The other half of the story is that Jesus Christ died on a cross, was buried, spent three days and three nights in hell paying the price for my sin and was resurrected from the grave to sit forever at the right hand of God the Father in heaven.
I’m afraid that in today’s world many preach from a spirit of condemnation and control in order to provoke submission and obedience. Not so with my Jesus. He came preaching liberty, peace and love while He healed the sick and broken hearted and delivered those in bondage to sin. What peace and ecstasy!
There was a woman in Matthew the ninth chapter that had been afflicted with an issue of blood for twelve years. Our blood is what carries all life giving substance out to every point of our body. I can only imagine how wore out and defeated this poor woman must have felt after dealing with this for twelve years. The day came when she found Jesus, came behind Him and touched the hem of His garment. Jesus immediately turned around and said, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.” Jesus never condemned her for taking twelve years to find the answer to her problem and He never tried to control her from there on out. He set her free and allowed her to choose whether or not to follow Him.