If we present a “good news” that is two dimensional rather than wholistic we run the risk of giving answers to questions that no one is asking.
“If Jesus is the answer then what is the question?” Jesus Saves. “From what?” From sin, from hell. “What sin?” “Are you judging me?”
Jesus adapted the Gospel of the Kingdom differently to different people. He only told one person, “You must be born again”. To another he said, “Sell all you have”. To another he offered the water of life. To many he just told stories and demonstrated the heart of his Father by healing, forgiving, raising the dead and delivering from spiritual bondage.
If we listen to the longings in the hearts of “men of peace” in any culture or community, we will find that the answers to those longings are present in the wonderful news of great joy which is for all people.
The Hebrew scriptures are filled with the idea that God is our yeshuwa, which is most often translated salvation; but also can mean deliverance, aid, help, victory, prosperity, health, welfare). This usage of the word does not require a “sacramental” salvation for the soul. Jesus (whose name means Savior) re-enforces what the Hebrew scriptures reveal about God as our helper in the midst of all kinds of human suffering such as sickness, demonic bondage, poverty, oppression from our enemies, and the burdens of guilt and shame. There are many problems that face the human race. To know that God is our helper and deliverer in these, and from these, is Great News for all people. This is certainly not foreign to Hebrew thought.The wonderful news of both Hebrew and Christian thought alike is that God has not abandoned us, does not hold our sins against us, but is with us. “Immanuel”