# 8 Defining The Gospel (Part 1)
By Pastor Bill
In Luke 4, after Jesus was baptized and had spent forty days in the wilderness being tested, He came into the temple and read from Isaiah 61:1-2. He read, “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 proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord (Luke 4:18-19).” Then He added, “today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
In Isaiah, the word gospel is not used. Instead, good news or good tidings is used. The Greek word for gospel is euaggelizo (Strong’s 2097), which is a combination of eu, which means well or good, and aggelos, which means message. The gospel literally means good news or good message. We find several examples of good news given in Isaiah. The gospel means release to the captives. All of us have sinned and were slaves to sin. We were in bondage to sin, so Jesus came to set us free from the bondage of sin. The wages of sin is death, but Jesus came to pay our debt and free us from the penalty of sin. He gave us life. That is good news for all of us. In many churches, the message about forgiveness of sins is the gospel that is preached.
Jesus quoted the whole passage, not just the passage about sins. He said that He came to give recovery of sight to the blind. He came to heal those who are blind, both physically and spiritually. Throughout Jesus’ ministry, He healed the blind, the lepers, the crippled, the paralyzed, and all who were sick. This is good news or gospel to any who are suffering from any kind of sickness. It is part of the gospel message.
Jesus also said that He came to set free those who are oppressed. Jesus delivered many people from demons. Many of those possessed by demons were sick, but others had destructive demons that tried to destroy them. Jesus rebuked the demons and set the captives free. He delivered those who were oppressed. This is also good news, or part of the gospel message.
Father, you have anointed us to preach the good news to the poor. May we preach the full gospel to people. May we bring good news to those who are in bondage to sin, to those who are blind, and to those who are oppressed. May we be a gospel preaching church. Amen.