Good news!

Readings Mark 1

You thought when they said you were going to the beach, you thought it was down south.  🙂

 

Dear bad news recipients,

As the year comes to a close, it seems to be tradition to review what has happened in the last year.  Looking through the past tends to reveal multiple tragedies that have occurred.  They dominate the headlines.  Earthquakes, oil spills, floods, economic crises, and so much more bad news!

Even this morning, looking at news reports online, I read about a former Israeli leader convicted of immoral acts, terrible winter storms, political unrest, a Michigan quarterback ineligible to play in a bowl game(bad news for some, certainly not on the same level as the others!)  Yet, all would be placed in the “bad news” column.

It was refreshing to read the first line of Mark 1.

Mark 1:1 (NIV)
1 The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Gospel means good news!  Listen to the Message’s rendition:

Mark 1:1-2 (MSG)
1 The good news of Jesus Christ—the Message!—begins here,
2 following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Watch closely: I’m sending my preacher ahead of you; He’ll make the road smooth for you.

Listen to a few other verses in the first chapter that relate to the good news that we will be reading about in Mark.

Mark 1:14-18 (NIV)
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.
15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”
16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
18 At once they left their nets and followed him.

Mark 1:27-28 (NIV)
27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching–and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.”
28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

Mark 1:38 (NIV)
38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else–to the nearby villages–so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”

Mark 1:45 (NIV)
45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.

How has your week been?

For some of you, there has been some really bad news.

I pray that today, each of us would recognize that amongst all the bad news that this world has to offer, there is some GOOD NEWS!

Hopefully we will each see that the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ can and does overshadow any bad news.

It is only the GOSPEL that can deal with the bad news that we are/were condemned to Hell.  For those of us that have received the GOOD NEWS, the “were” above is for us!  But whoever is reading this, the “are condemned” can be changed to “were” status with simple repentance, and then receiving the forgiveness afforded you by Jesus on the cross, and receiving the life of Christ.  What GOOD NEWS!

John 3:16-18 (NIV)
16 “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.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Don’t let this year end without sharing GOOD NEWS with someone.  Make their day!

Review the GOOD NEWS for yourself today.

 

Enjoying reading the news, the GOOD NEWS,

Steve

Looking forward to carrying on where we/I left off with Time in the Word readings last month.  Sorry for the interruption.


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