- Part 1 – Jesus is Good News
- Part 2 – Jesus Came (With Us)
- Part 3 – Jesus Rules
- Part 4 – Jesus Talks
- Part 5 – Jesus Died
- Part 6 – Jesus Rose
Brent Ingersoll is the Lead Pastor at Kings Church in Atlantic Canada, one of the fastest growing Churches in the country. We highly recommend you listen to His full message, Jesus Came, along with the other messages in the Good News Series HERE.
Jesus Came – With Us
This is the second part of the teaching series on the gospel of Jesus. We’re calling it “Good News” because ‘gospel’ means ‘good news’.
As we explore the gospel week by week we’re starting to dive a little bit deeper, trying to understand not just that it’s good news, but more importantly, why it’s good news. Today we start at the beginning. We’ve established already in our last message that the Gospel is news in that it’s an announcement. And we’ve established that it’s not just news, but that it’s good news. Now we’re going to start looking at why.
The first thing we need to understand when we think about the gospel is that it begins with God. That’s worth saying again… It begins with God. The gospel is something that God initiated. And it’s important to get what He actually did. He gave Himself to be with us.
The gospel in and of itself begins with this big theological word we call incarnation. God Himself put on flesh and came to us. He bridged the gap between the creature and the creator. The gap of eternity. The gap of morality. The gap of holiness. He bridged all of the gaps that separate us from God.
God took it upon Himself to bridge the gap between the eternal God and finite humans. He took the initiative. He crossed the gap and became human so that we could be with Him.
We were designed by Him… for Him… to be with Him. We aren’t fully alive unless we are fully with Him.
The gospel ultimately begins with this great announcement that God has come. This is what the prophet Isaiah was talking about when He said we’ll call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us’.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14
John said “in the beginning was the word, the word was God, the word was with God and the word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:1-5
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14
He later said, and most of us have heard this famous passage: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believed in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.” He gave His son for our salvation.
The gospel begins with God, you were made to be with God and life comes from being with God.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
Listen to the entire message from Pastor Brent Ingersoll: Jesus Came – With Us