“Repent and believe in the gospel, Jesus says. Turn around and believe that the good news that we are loved is better than we ever dared hope, and that to believe in that good news, to live out of it, and toward it, to be in love with that good news, is of all glad things in this world the gladdest thing of all. Amen, and come, Lord Jesus” (Frederick Beuchner).
Sometimes, you just need some good news.
If you turn on one of those 24-hour news channels, you’re very unlikely to get any kind of positivity from the anchors and commentators and other talking heads. It’s all about what’s wrong, what’s broken, and what doesn’t work.
But the Gospel is good news.
As I get older, the more I understand that I will never outgrow my need of this Gospel. The more I see my need of it, the more I take it in and really appreciate it, the more I love it because the more I realize just how loved I am.
I think that after almost a year and a half of pandemics, politics, and general pessimism, we could all use some good news.
This is it: Jesus saw you at your worst and loved you enough in that moment to die for you. He took all your mistakes, sins, and crap and exchanged them for His perfection, glory, and right standing with God. He offers you more than just a Get Out of Hell and into Heaven card. He offers you freedom and fullness of joy. He gives you the abundant life.
Even if you already believe it and have been living it for a long time, it’s still good news. And we still need to hear it and be reminded of it and never stop telling it.