Dec

30

2012

Ray Ortlund|10:11 AM CT

Joyful tidings


“‘Evangelion’ (that we call the gospel) is a Greek word, and signifieth good, merry, glad and joyful tidings, that maketh a man’s heart glad, and maketh him sing, dance and leap for joy.”

William Tyndale, quoted in Iain H. Murray, Evangelicalism Divided (Edinburgh, 2000), page 1.

Today some of us are preaching the gospel.  May we announce to the people one utterance, at least just one, that has the power to make a reasonable, thoughtful, respectable adult want to stand up and shout for joy.  Not that they will.  But they should be thinking, “Hold on here, buddy.  I know how you feel, but don’t let this joy carry you away.”  And if we never say anything that makes that impact on a reasonable adult, are we preaching the gospel?

Let’s preach to sinners the news so good that we ourselves must struggle against the magnitude of its joy.

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