Jesus Christ Himself

Yeeseon ShinYeeseon Shin is a second year MDiv student at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

When I think of “Evangelism”, it reminds me of the Greek word euangelion, since I learned it in Greek class. So, I searched this word up in the Greek-English Lexicon and it said that it means 1) God’s good news to humans, good news as proclamation 2) details relating to the life and ministry of Jesus, good news of Jesus 3) a book dealing with the life and teaching of Jesus.  This old Greek language euangelion now simply translates to the word that we are familiar with—gospel, good news—because it combines two words: eu (meaning “good”) and angelion (meaning “message” or “news”.)

Hence, I believe that Evangelism can’t be separated from the “gospel”. As I’ve been taught at Union for two years, I realized that “gospel” is Jesus Christ himself. The apostle Paul explains accurately the “gospel” in Roman 1:1-4. “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Therefore, it is clearly revealed that without believing Jesus Christ, there is no “Evangelism” at all. Then why do we need the “gospel” in our earthly life?  I think, Jesus Christ, the Son of God himself answers this question in Luke 4:18 as he quoted from Isaiah 61:1-3. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news (gospel) to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoner and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

If we find some restaurants where we can eat perfect food, we easily talk to people about these things. We don’t like to be quiet. I hope that people shall be delivered in every day of their burdened lives through the faith of Jesus Christ, Our LORD and our savior.

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