What is good news to you? Good news could be…..
Congratulations! You’ve won the grand prize! You’ve been given a clean bill of health. Today will be sunny and mild with a gentle breeze. You’ve been promoted. You will be receiving a raise in pay. You’ve been chosen employee of the month. Mom, I cleaned my room! You are bestowed with the medal of honour.
As wonderful as these examples are, there’s other good news that is the greatest news one could ever hear. It has to do with the Good News found in God’s Word. In fact, it’s the Good News that Jesus, himself, proclaimed when he was on the earth. For Mark 1:15 records, “‘At last the time has come!’ he announced. ‘The Kingdom of God is near! Turn from your sins and believe this Good News!'” (New Living Translation, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois.)
In the Bible, Jesus speaks of the Kingdom of God. In fact, he represents the Kingdom of God since he has been appointed King in that Kingdom (Luke 1:31-33). He says that the Kingdom is near because as future ruler of it, he is at hand to proclaim God’s Good News to all willing to follow him. His followers are those who turn from their sins and believe in the Good News of the Kingdom.
The Good News of the Kingdom is also called Glad Tidings and Gospel in the Bible. It applies to the revelation of a wonderful plan God has for all of his creation This, of course, includes humanity.
Speaking of humanity, did you ever wonder why we all have so many problems, disappointments, and difficulties? The fact is, they can be traced all the way back to our first parents. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God in the Garden of Eden, God’s creation has been under a curse. And as a result, we are all born under the curse of sin (Romans 3:23). Therefore, falling short of perfection, we suffer and die (Romans 5:12). This, of course, is the bad news.
But the Good News is when we accept the plan God has for saving us from the bad news. This plan consists of believing the Good News of Christ through faith, repentance of the sin we’re in, and then being baptized into the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of sin (Acts 2:38; Ephesians 2:8).
As a result, God empowers believers with the “abundant life” (John 10:10) not only in this life but “everlasting life” (John 3:16) when he returns as King of the earth in his Kingdom (1 Timothy 6:13-16). This is the hope of Christian believers: To enter God’s Kingdom. Why? Because of the Good News that God will restore his creation to the perfect conditions that existed before sin entered the world (Acts 3:19-21).
This in a nutshell is the Good News Jesus announced and which the holy scriptures teach. This is also what the Good News Herald is all about.
The aim of this blog is to proclaim the truth of the Good News of God’s Kingdom, how it applies to daily living, and what it offers to each person seeking to enter it. May this blog bring you enlightenment, inspiration, and hope according to the commission of Christ who said, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere,” (Mark 16:15, NLT).