Don’t you get sick of it?
Don’t you get sick of bad news?
Don’t you get tired of social media hurling incessant criticisms and complaints?
Sometimes as a writer and speaker, I fear that my message is too often negative…stop this…correct that…be better.
Attention: Today is about good news…really good news.
Have you read John 3:16, lately?
I know. I know. You have heard it a million times.
I know. I know. You probably have it memorized.
I know. I know. This isn’t vacation bible school for elementary kids. Nothing new to learn here. Next!
Give me a chance.
Take another look. Let the words resonate in your heart for a few minutes. Consider the depth of the good news that Jesus proclaims in this well worn verse of the Bible. I think that your heart might be a little fuller and that your spirit might be a little lighter if you do.
Read the words slowly.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16
That passage is the definitive verse that declares what we call “the gospel.” Gospel simply means “good news” or “good story.” And it is really, really good. Let’s think about how good this good news really is. Here is some of what we learn:
There really is a God who takes an active interest in this world and in your life.
This God loves you and all those around you.
His love is not mere words, but decisive action.
God is generous to the measure of sacrifice.
The Son of God came for you.
You do not have to be separated from God in this life or the next.
You do not have to fear death.
Life eternally is yours as a gift.
You and everyone you love and everyone on this planet is invited to receive it.
You don’t have to be good enough.
You just have to believe.
Could the good news be any better?
Sometimes, the negativity of our world begins to cloud our thinking. It can cast a shadow over us when it has no right to do so. There is really good news that carries far more weight than the latest twitter war or dust up on CNN. There is a God in heaven that is in love with you and has done everything to draw you close and give you life.
If you have believed and received this gift…rise above the bad news of the day and rejoice in God’s good news.
If you have not taken God up on his offer…believe and receive the life that you were created to enjoy.
Questions about the good news? Ask away. Do you see other points of good news in John 3:16? Let me know what stands out to you in the comments. You can find a little more on the wonderful grace of the good news here.
Be encouraged my friends!
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