This past Sunday I shared with our church family that we’re all familiar with good news/bad news scenarios. A doctor said to a patient, “The good news is that you have 24 hours to live.” The patient responded with panic, “Well, if that’s the good news, then what’s the bad news?” “I was supposed to tell you that yesterday.”
We hear a lot of bad news, don’t we? Here are just a few headlines I saw recently from various news outlets:
- “COVID-19 cases spike nationwide as vaccinations slow and Delta variant spreads.”
- “Dow falls more than 700 points in worst day since October.”
- “The Bootleg Fire in Oregon is so large it’s creating its own weather.”
- “Still looking for answers: South Africa reels from deadly riots.”
- “Kremlin lashes out at US over advanced missiles, threatens `inadvertent conflict.’”
And, yes, that’s just scratching the surface of the current 24-7 bad news cycle.
But what about some good news for a change? And I’m not just talking about how the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, and space tourists celebrated after their historic flight. I’m talking about good news that goes deep to the soul. Good news that penetrates the heart and mind. Good news that brings a smile to your face and maybe even a little tear to your eye.
There’s a reason the Spirit led the New Testament writers to use the word euangellion in reference to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Eu: good. Angellion: news. For those who can recall their “BC” days (Before Christ)—and how Jesus changed everything (darkness to light, sin to salvation, shame to peace, brokenness to healing)—we are remembering and celebrating good news. For everyone who has discovered joy over sorrow, we are remembering and celebrating good news. For all who have stepped into the Spirit-filled life of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—we are remembering and celebrating good news.
Indeed, this good news goes deep to the soul. It penetrates the heart and mind. It brings a smile to your face and maybe even a little tear to your eye.
We just celebrated a few baptisms a couple of weeks ago. That’s good news. Daughter church #74 in Manhattan, New York is preparing to launch this fall. That’s good news. I just met the newborn of a couple who asked the elders to anoint them and pray over them before the mom went into labor, and the little girl is healthy and beautiful. That’s good news. We are now 90% of the way toward meeting our LIFT campaign goal. That’s good news. We have had 120 people complete our discipleship training. That’s good news.
And, yes, that’s just scratching the surface of the current 24-7 good news cycle. There may be a lot of bad news in the world, but let’s keep remembering and celebrating the good news found in Christ.