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by Wayne Blank
"Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy"
The most famous good tidings of Bible History was the coming of the Messiah. The news of His birth was announced by an angel:
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:8-11 KJV)
The good tidings of the coming of the Messiah was prophesied long before:
"The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound" (Isaiah 61:1 KJV)
It was that verse in Isaiah that Jesus Christ used to identify Himself when He read (see Aliyya and Haftara) at Sabbath services one day. In this translation, gospel is used for tidings (gospel means good news).
"And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up [see Nazarene]: and, as His custom was, He went into the Synagogue on the Sabbath Day [see Did Jesus Break The Law?], and stood up for to read."
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