Now picture that on one especially dark day you hear a young man running through the streets yelling, “Euaggelion! Euaggelion!” Instantly you rejoice. Upon hearing those beautiful words, the burden on the world is lifted from your shoulders, and for the first time ever, you experience this strange feeling called hope.
“Euaggelion” is a Greek word that is translated to the word “Gospel.” It literally means, “good news.” Most people don’t know that this word, Euaggelion, was believed to be used during Jesus’ time to announce a military victory, (i.e. “Good news! Good news! The War is over! We have won!”)
I love that God has chosen to define the life, death, and resurrection of His Son as Euaggelion; because it is only by trusting in Jesus that we can have victory over the war being waged in our hearts. It is only by trusting in Jesus that we can have victory over sin and death. It is only by trusting in Jesus that we can have life. It is only by trusting in Jesus that we can have hope.
This Easter, I encourage you to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection as if you were dancing in the streets the night the war ended. Celebrate the dawning of Hope and rejoice by yelling, “Euaggelion!”
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:55-57