Matthew 5:23 NIV
“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.”
In today’s world, the news is so wrapped up in overwhelming topics. It seems now that anything that causes emotions of any type are the big winners! So much of it is terrifying and causes great pain.
But, then, there is Jesus Christ, our Savior. Jesus is the Good News! He died for our sins on the cross, He was resurrected from the grave, He has offered us a new life for eternity with Him! HE is the GOOD NEWS! He is our Great Healer and has broken the chains of darkness, through His Brightest of lights. This history is better known as His Story.
There is a story of a young man, who attended high school. Since he was the valedictorian of his class, he was asked to speak during the graduation ceremony. So many of his graduating class had struggled through desolations along with accomplishments, and he wrote his speech accordingly. The principal had requested to read the words for his approval. At the end of the young man’s speech, he had written, “God bless you all”. The principal had crossed this out, saying it was not allowable at the ceremony. The young man said nothing, but had an idea.
At the graduation, the young man had been called to the podium to speak to the thronging group. At the end of his speech, a young woman who sat up front, next to him, sneezed very loudly. She was sitting so close, the sneeze echoed throughout the arena. Suddenly, the complete graduation class said in synchronized harmony, “God Bless You!”
Romans 1:1 &2 NIV
“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.”
Paul is writing to the Romans who at the time only had the Old Testament because the circulation of the gospel and not yet been delivered there. This was written to both the Jewish and Gentiles. The Good News!
The cliché that is listed on the header of this message, is one that so many in the world uses. However, if we believe what is being addressed, it is not true. Not all news; is formulated as, “no news”. We cannot silence His Gospel…it is Good News, worthy news…not bad news.
As we present the Good News, many would subject themselves to say, it does no good, they are not listening. My reply to that is this:
“Don’t feel bad if people rebuke or shun what you say to them. Feel privileged that you are like a candle that comes to their mind when there is darkness.”