The Gospel literally means “good news”. It is a message about a man called Jesus of Nazareth, who was born more than 2000 years ago in Israel. During his life on earth he healed the sick, showed compassion to the weak and taught a message of love and forgiveness. He claimed to be the Messiah, or Christ, the one appointed by God who would eventually rid the world of sin, suffering and death. He claimed to be God in the flesh and offered eternal life to all who would turn from their sin and trust him.
But not everyone approved. The religious leaders were jealous of Jesus’ popularity and falsely accused him of insulting God. The Romans, who ruled Israel at that time, feared a rebellion. The governor of the region was a man named Pontius Pilate. He eventually had Jesus arrested and ordered his death by crucifixion. He was buried in the sealed and guarded tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.
But this was not the end. Three days later the tomb was empty. People reported seeing Jesus walking, talking and eating. Over 40 days he appeared to more than 500 people. Before returning to Heaven he gave instructions to his disciples to go into all the world and spread the “good news” of his life, death and resurrection. They proclaimed that Jesus death was a victory, that he had been sent by God the Father as a gift to the world, to die for world.
And so God’s people, the church, grew in number, and today people from every nation, tribe people and language worship and celebrate their creator and saviour and await his final return in glory.
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