The Good News
The Calvinist theologian had taught predestination all his life. One day he fell down the stairs. Picking himself off the floor he said, “I’m glad that’s over with!” I can relate. Recently, I had an emergency appendectomy and I am very glad it is in the rear view mirror. The emergency room doctor came in to tell me the results of the scans and tests. He said, “The good news is that Dr. Beale is going to remove your appendix two hours from now.” He didn’t tell me what the bad news was. It was a bit of a stretch for me to consider the prospect of emergency surgery as good news. Yet, I knew it was. Bad news would have been if the appendix had burst.
Everybody doesn’t always recognize good news when they hear it. The scriptures tell us the good news (gospel) is the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Yet, to unbelievers it sounds like foolishness. Others who want to have religion that suits themselves and doesn’t require repentance and believing the gospel, often pervert the good news to their own liking.
Why do people reject such good news as the free offer of forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life through Jesus Chris? They can’t see it! You may put enough lights in a room to do brain surgery, but it won’t help a blind man see. He doesn’t need more light, he needs eyes.
Those who are dead in sin must be quickened (made alive) by the Spirit. Jesus said, “you must be born again.” If you are born again than you do understand just how good the news of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ really is!