Good News

Posted: October 6, 2020 in Meditations

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'” Isaiah 52:7

Christians possess the best message on the planet.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16,17

Our world is a mess and the world knows it. Man’s cruelty churns unabated. Power institutions, economic systems, sacred values: all tremble at the threat of rebellion, spurred by dissatisfaction, a yearning for a better world, heaven on earth. Something is afoot, the world changes. A cacophony of dissonant messages distills to one question, “What is the meaning of life?”

If there is no God and if we must define our own significance, perhaps we take ourselves too seriously. We exist, we die, we cease to exist, nothing changes. Albert Camus said, The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.” We cannot find adequate meaning for the ache in our being apart from the divine. The silence tortures us concurrent to to the buffets of life. Chekhov, in his play “The Three Sisters”, says, I think man ought to have faith, or else, his life is empty, empty…. You’ve got to know what you’re living for or else it’s all nonsense and waste.” Henrik Ibsen, the playwright, said, “If you take away the life illusion of the average man, you take away his happiness as well.”

“Most people, if they really learn how to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world. There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you, but they never keep their promise. The longings which arise in us when we first fall in love, or first think of some foreign country, or first take up some subject that excites us, are longings which no marriage, no travel, no learning can really satisfy. I am not speaking of what would ordinarily be called unsuccessful marriages or trips and so on; I am speaking of the best possible ones. There is always something we grasped at, in that first moment of longing, that just fades away in the reality. The spouse may be a good spouse, the scenery has been excellent, it has turned out to be a good job, but “It” has evaded us.” C.S. Lewis

Why do we exist? For the Christian, we are created by and for God. We are not ends in ourselves. We do not define ourselves, he defines us. Our sin collectively defines the world’s mess. Our sin individually informs our ache, our dissatisfaction. Our good news offers reconciliation and redemption. It offers hope to meaning and purposed living. Our good news centers in the person, Jesus Christ, the incredible story of God taking on flesh, living and dying that we might be reconciled to the Great God, infinite goodness. “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8 Tell your story. Why do you serve the risen Christ? He lives within your heart. Be his instrument. In the end, Christ is all that matters.

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