What is it? What do we evangelise and to Whom?
Mark 16:15, 19-20 – And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere…….So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
The word ‘evangelism’ derives from the word ‘evangelist’. An evangelist, ‘Euangelistes’ in Greek, means a messenger of good; a preacher of the gospel. Therefore, to evangelise means to proclaim glad tidings and good news – the gospel. The question now is what is the good news? Jesus in the above scripture of Mark 16 told the disciples to go into all the world to preach the good news. This is how the Bible defines good news: Acts 10:38 – how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Luke 4:18-19 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
The Bible defines good news as healing the sick, setting the oppressed free, telling the poor of God’s prosperity for them, mending the broken hearted, declaring the favour of redemption to the people and giving sight to the blind. The total sum of the gospel is giving people what they lack and need, both spiritually and physically. Good news to a poor man is prosperity; good news to a sick man is healing; good news to a blind man is sight; good news to the oppressed is freedom; good news to a person’s cycle of misfortune is favour; good news to a sinner is forgiveness; good news to the doomed is redemption and good news to someone heading to hell is an offer of heaven.
We have been given the responsibility to present the good news of Jesus Christ to everyone in the light of their current condition. What I mean is that when you want to tell someone the good news, start by first finding out which area of their life lacks good news. Present the good news to them, starting from their physical point of need in order to get their attention. The Bible says, ‘it is the goodness of God that brings people to repentance’. Therefore, you should first present to them the goodness of God in their current crisis and then present to them eternal life.
We learned from the Bible that Jesus always first met the need in people’s lives before He encouraged them to follow him. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. A word of encouragement or prayer goes a long way to opening people’s heart to hearing you out. It is easier to lead people if, when you meet, you first show interest in what is important to them.
We have been assigned to proclaim good news, not bad news. We have been assigned to preach the good news to everyone, everywhere. Nobody is exempt from been given the good news, including the people you think don’t deserve heaven. Christianity is not about man finding God; it is about God coming down to find man, saving him and bringing him up to His level. That is good news. The good news of Jesus Christ is good news indeed.
Please be aware that news is information about what has already happened. It is not a forecast. We are therefore announcing to the people what God has already done for them through Jesus Christ. He has set them free from sin and condemnation; He has set them free from sickness and disease; He has set them free from hell and He has set them free from the dominion of the devil. Our job is to announce this to the whole world. We are the bearers of good news and not the bearers of bad news. The reason why many Christians don’t evangelise is because they have not been taught the true meaning of evangelism and what the good news of Jesus Christ really means. Nobody hates the person that brings them good news so start to proclaim the good news in a good way.
Isaiah 52:7 – How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Preaching the good news is the assignment of every Christian and we are all anointed to preach it with signs following. It is the great commission, not the great omission.
For Further Study
Acts 10:38, Luke 18:10-14, Isaiah 52:7
Personal declaration for the day
Today I will be a bearer of good news to my world. I will receive and share good news today. Amen.
Questions for you to reflect on
What does the good news of Jesus Christ means to you today?
In what practical way can you make someone’s day through the good news?