T42D: ‘Good News’
Rodders reminds us that today’s the day.
I used to buy a TV guide each week but now buy the Daily Mail just on a Saturday to get their excellent TV guide and to catch up on the football news.
Saturday 26 September’s issue of the Mail was dominated with articles about Covid testing [or the lack of it], including headlines like, 17.5m in local lockdown [as London teeters on brink]; Rishi Sunak’s debt problem; the tragic killing of custody sergeant Matiu [known as Matt] Ratana in a Covid screening cell in Croydon and the migrant problem and we still have Brexit to come!
There doesn’t seem to be any good news with in fact nationally and globally things seem to be getting worse.
In 1965, a quintet of ex-RAF members, called Hedgehoppers Anonymous were a one-hit wonder, reaching number 5 in the charts with their song ‘It’s good news week’. Part of the lyrics are as follows:
“It’s good news week someone’s dropped a bomb somewhere contaminating atmosphere and blackening the sky
It’s good news week someone’s found a way to give the rotting dead a will to live go on and never die
Have you heard the news What did it say? Who’s won that race? What’s the weather like today?
A somewhat contrived cash-in on the then-current protest trend, the single was undeniably catchy, but the group was unable to repeat its success.
However, it’s not generally a ‘good news week’ but rather doom and gloom, with humanitarian crises, wars, earthquakes, financial meltdowns, more terrorist attacks and atrocities etc. But here is some good news for you — the Christian gospel message is good news — in fact ‘gospel’ means ‘good news’.
Hunter Thompson said, “Good news is rare these days, and every glittering ounce of it should be cherished and hoarded and worshipped and fondled like a priceless diamond”.
Patti Smith commentated that, “Bringing good news is imparting hope to one’s fellow man. The idea of redemption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times”.
In his book, Surprised By Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit the author Tullian Tchividjian wrote: “Only the gospel can truly save you. The gospel doesn’t make good people good; it makes dead people alive. That’s the difference between the gospel of Jesus Christ and every other world religion. All the others exhort their followers to save themselves by being good, by conforming their lives to whatever their worshiped deity is. But the gospel is God’s acceptance of us based on what Christ has done, not on what we can do.”
Jesus came that we may have life in all its abundance, not only just to live on earth but for all eternity. He is the only way to God and his death and resurrection shows that God accepted His sacrifice for our sins and that there is life beyond the grave and that He has made a way for all to enter in, as we put our faith and trust in Him.
Ten-year-old Maria lived in a village in central Chile. When her mother died she became ‘mother of the house’, caring for her father who worked the nightshift at a local mine. One evening as she was packing his lunch box, she slipped a gospel booklet inside that she had received from a missionary worker, hoping he would find comfort after the loss of his wife.
Suddenly at 1.00am an emergency whistle sounded, calling the townspeople to come with shovels and help dig for miners caught in a cave-in. Emergency crews worked through the night and finally broke through to a small cavern where they found the miners. Sadly, they were too late. All eight men had suffocated. The rescuers were devastated.
As they surveyed the scene, they noticed that the men had died seated in a circle. Looking closer they discovered that Maria’s father was sitting with a small booklet on his lap, opened at the last page where the plan of salvation was clearly explained. On that page Maria’s father had written her a special message.
‘My dear Maria, by the time you read this, I’ll be with your mother. I read your little book, then I read it several times to the others while we waited to be rescued. Our hope is fading for this life — but not for the next. We did as the book told us and prayed, asking Jesus into our hearts. I love you very much, and one day soon we will be all together in heaven’.
So the Thought for Today is have you embraced this good news? And if not, you can.
As the apostle Paul exhorted the Corinthians, ‘Now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation’. [2 Cor 6:2]
Don’t put it off because none of us knows what tomorrow may bring.