I was listening to the radio the other day and I heard about two seconds of the speaker before I clicked over to another station. But who knew that two seconds could be just as impactful as two hours.
The sentence that I heard was this,
“No one is righteous. Not one. That’s the bad news, but do I have good news for you!”
Later, after listening to my tunes in the van and running people to violin lessons and grabbing sour cream from Aldi and, and, and…when I finally sat down, I heard that speaker in my ear. He was a low key speaker. He wasn’t blasting a message loud and proud against the airways. I felt like I was in a coffee shop with him. I felt like he was a friend who had something interesting to tell me.
And he’s right.
We have good news!
And people need good news these days.
Terrorism and genocide, human trafficking, domestic violence, child abuse of all kinds.
We live in a world where people walk into schools and malls and don’t just point guns but shoot them. Hundreds of people are killed.
One person is killed. That’s enough.
It hurts to turn on the news. It hurts to read an article. It hurts to scroll through my Facebook feed.
We have good news.
How about we tell them?
How about we share it, not yelling from the street corners, well maybe, sometimes, but mostly like we’re in a coffee shop. With people we know. People we have relationships with. People that are hurting. People that are tired of watching life implode on the screen before them.
“Did you see that piece about the refugee crisis?”
Yes. I have good news…
“Did you hear about the bombing in France?”
Yes. I have good news…
“Oh my goodness! The floods look terrible!”
Yep. I have good news…
It sounds too easy, right? It sounds pat. But is it?
God, sent His son, His only son, to die in our place, to not only redeem our souls, to tend to them, to hold them safely in His hand, but also to restore them. To restore me and all things around me. To raise us up, to give us more than shifting sand and bloody wars and hungry children and desperate mothers.
He restores. He redeems. He makes new. He reaches in. He lifts up.
I’ve got good news.
I need it like ships need a harbor and like crops need rain and like snowflakes need cold. You need it, my friend. You need it too.
He is something different. Jesus.