Good News

Good News

Acts 8:26-35–Millions worldwide pause every Easter to commemorate Jesus’ death and resurrection. They celebrate the gruesome murder of an innocent man because they understand his death offers a love-motivated sacrifice on their behalf, granting them release from a debt they could never pay. Good reasons support that perception of Jesus’ death as a celebratory event. For example, Luke uses the phrase “good news” at Jesus’ birth to describe the salvation he would provide (Luke 2:8-12). The idea of “good news” about a savior connects to Isaiah 52:13-53:12. Even though Isaiah 52:13-53:12 discusses the “good news” of God’s then-future rescue of the Jewish people from their captivity to Babylon, repeated uses of the passage in the New Testament reveal that its authors understood the text to refer to Jesus (cf. Matthew 8:14-17; Luke 22:35-38; John 12:36-38; Acts 8:26-35; 1 Peter 2:19-24). Their presentation of Isaiah 52-53 has led to the passage becoming a key text in understanding Jesus’ death and resurrection. So, to help us deepen our appreciation of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we will read Isaiah 52:7-53:12, consider the context within which it was written, and explore the applications it offers us.