- When Jesus calms the storm, it is good news. And we know the kingdom of God will not be a place where natural disasters threaten us.
- When Jesus heals the sick, it is good news. The kingdom of God is not a place where illness robs us of our strength or our lives.
- When Jesus heals the crippled and paralyzed it is good news, again a promise of what the kingdom of God is like.
- When Jesus feeds the hungry and gives drink to the thirsty it is good news; the kingdom of God is a place of plenty.
- When Jesus forgives sins it is good news; the kingdom of God is a place of forgiveness and relief, where God has created clean hearts.
- Even the visit to the Samaritan woman at the well is good news. The kingdom of God is not a place where shameful secrets in the past separate us from friendships with our neighbors.
- When Jesus turns water into wine, it is good news. He blesses the wedding feast as a foretaste of the feast to come.
In the next post I will consider how we know that Jesus' death and resurrection are central to his mission and to how we should think of Christ. But for the moment, I'd like to ponder the wideness of the reach of God's goodness, and how many things are encompassed in the gospel.