Just What Is The Gospel? – Angola Day 16
July 19th, 2011 by INMED
At the Angolan medical center I’m presently being accompanied by four Canadian medical students. They are very sharp and eager to learn. The faith-basis of this facility is new to some. One student asked, “Just what is the Gospel?” That question caused me to ponder Jesus quoting Isaiah in Luke 4:17-18, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” This freedom that Jesus describes is usually interpreted in a spiritual sense to mean release from the guilt and renewal of our relationship with God. But I can also also see a strong call for actions of compassion. Our deep desire here is that our words and our work of compassion both point toward Jesus.