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It’s Time For Good News

Read Luke 4:18-19

Everyday we are bombarded with bad news in our newspapers and on our televisions. I would imagine that early in the first century, living under Roman occupation, with the narrow city streets of Jerusalem reverberating with the sound of marching Roman soldiers and the hillsides dotted with victims hung on crosses, the people of Judah surely became depressed with all the bad news in their day, too. Then one Sabbath, in the small synagogue of Nazareth, the son of the local carpenter’s widow stood and read from the prophet Isaiah. When He sat down, He announced that Isaiah’s prophetic words were fulfilled in Himself that very day! He had come to proclaim Good News!

I. GOOD NEWS OF FORGIVENESS OF SIN

“He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor”

II. UNANSWERED PRAYER DISPLAYS HIS GLORY

“He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of
sight for the blind, to release the oppressed”

III. GOOD NEWS OF FAVOR WITH GOD

“to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor”

Favor Nationally

  •  Using Deuteronomy 28:1-14 as a guide, make a comprehensive list of all the blessings God has poured out on America.
  • What are some of the warnings that God gives in Deuteronomy 28:15-58 that America would do well to heed? Name the warnings that you believe are already being fulfilled.
  • If our nation is sliding into judgment and losing God’s favor, what should she do, according to 2 Chronicles 7:13-14?
  • What encouragement do you receive from 2 Chronicles 7:15?
  • How were these promises claimed by Daniel, then fulfilled by God? See Daniel 9:1-6, 17-19 and Ezra 1:1-4.
  • If God blessed Judah when Daniel cried out to Him on her behalf, do you think this could be the year of God’s blessing –if those called by His name would pray?

Favor Personally

In a world of despair and increasing hopelessness, it’s time for Good News! Would you announce it? Would you present Jesus to the world between your own two feet?

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