The world as we know it is continuing to unravel and reveal the deep levels of hopelessness and brokenness resulting from the fall in the book of beginnings. Mankind, now living east of Eden, is in a search, looking both high and low, beneath every rock and behind every tree, for happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment.
Pop-culture has sold the world happiness wrapped in the garments of beauty, wealth and popularity, but at its core is a destructive lie. It’s pseudo-happiness at the expense of one’s soul. As it turns out, the further we pursue happiness, the more broken we become and the more calloused our hearts grow. The pursuit of happiness, however, is not the problem. French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascale writes, “All men seek happiness, this is the motive of every action of every man, even those who hang themselves.” It is the object of our happiness where we go wrong.
The tragedy is that, as a substitute for God, we have pursued happiness in the creation rather than the Creator. The more we do this, the more broken our lives become and the more poignant our hopelessness stings. This is the ruin and plight of all men.
After winning key battles, the Greeks sent out heralds, also called evangelists, to announce the good news that they were no longer Persian slaves but free citizens of the kingdom. The saddening reality is that we are all slaves in need of good news. The good news that we are all in need of is news of deliverance.
Only in this backdrop of darkness and death does the light and hope of Christ shine brightly. Jesus arrives into the world declaring,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18, ESV)
The word Gospel translates to news that brings joy. But this isn’t just any news; it is news that changes a life forever. Jesus, God’s son, fully God and fully man, enters into our brokenness to bring “good news” that will change a life forever. Jesus comes to take what we deserve and to give us what only He deserves. He lays down His life so that we might have life. The righteousness that God requires can only come from God through Jesus Christ, by faith in the finished work of Christ. Only then do we experience the joy, happiness and satisfaction that we were created to experience. St. Augustine of Hippo writes, “You made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
At Speaking Louder, the mission of our ministry is to declare the good news of the hope of Jesus Christ; therefore the message of our ministry is the Gospel.
~ Damian Velarde