It's Still the Good News!

A sweet grandmother telephoned the hospital and timidly asked the receptionist if it would be OK to ask how a patient was doing.
 The operator said, "I'll be glad to help, dear. What is the name and room number?"

"The grandmother, in her weak trembling voice, said, "Norma Findlay ... Room 302."

"Let me place you on hold," the operator said, "while I check with her nurse."

After a few minutes, the operator returned to the phone. "I have good news," she said. "Norma's nurse said she is doing well. Her blood pressure is fine and her blood work just came back normal. Her doctor has scheduled her for discharge on Tuesday."

The grandmother replied, "Oh thank you. That's WONDERFUL news. I was so worried. God bless you for the good news."

"Well, you're more than welcome," the operator said. "Is Norma your daughter?

"No," the grandmother said. "I'm Norma Findlay in 302. No one tells me anything!" *
LOL, right?

There's nothing like good news to cheer the heart, especially when it has to do with our physical condition. But people ignore good news about their spiritual condition every day, as if it were of no consequence.

It's easy to write about other things ... bBut I want to be sure that at least once in this blog, I talk about "a life and death issue" ... the Good News of God in Christ.

Readers who know the power of the Gospel (Good News) know what a precious treasure they have in Christ. For you, I simply say, "It's still Good News!" Be thankful for God's mercy, forgiveness, grace, and life because of all that Jesus accomplished for you in His death and resurrection. Express your gratitude today ... and every day. Remember the cross. Remember that you are not your own. Rejoice in the Good News! Share it with joy and conviction.

But some may read this today who have either (1) never heard the Good News message...  or (2) never understood it, thinking that there was some way to earn a place in heaven or "good standing" with God ... or (3) maybe even have rejected God's message of hope and freedom in Christ.

This post is for all of you, too.

The most important decision you will ever make in life is not about marriage, buying a house or car, career choices, having children, etc. The most important choice you will ever make in life concerns whether you are prepared to die. In other words, what will you do with the Good News that God loved you so much that He has made a way for you to live with Him forever?

There's a lot of Bad News that we need to recognize before we understand how much we need the Good News.

The Bad News, according to the Bible (the written Word of God), is this:

  • You and I and everyone are born sinners and no matter what we do in and of ourselves, we will always come short of God's righteousness (His holiness and justice). We will never be able to approach God in His glory with our unclean hearts. The perfect law of God is like a loving tutor that shows us what God's righteousness looks like, and how far we miss the mark. Even our best "good works" in the flesh are incapable of justifying us (making us right and righteous) before God. We are all guilty before Him. (Romans 3:19-20; 3:23)
  • God is holy and just when He judges our sin and denies us a place with Him in eternity. God is perfect, and we are not. Our sin separates us from Him so that we can't have a relationship with Him. We are "dead" and without hope, and God can't let us enter heaven because of our sin. (Romans 1:18; 2:12; Ephesians 2:1; 2:12)
  • It's a terrible price we have to pay ~ death and separation from God forever. (Romans 6:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Hebrews 9:27)
But this is where the Good News is so incredible:
  • God loved us in spite of our sin and He wants to have a relationship with us. Father God demonstrated His love to us! (Romans 5:8-10)
  • Though there is nothing we can do to merit God's mercy and grace, God has made a way for us to have a relationship with Him for all eternity.  (Titus 3:5-7)
  • God offers us the free gift of eternal life. (John 3:16-18)
  • When we repent of our sin and rebellion against God, and believe in what Jesus has done for us ~ His death, burial, and resurrection on out behalf ~ God the Father applies Jesus' sacrifice to our account. (Romans 1:16; 4:5; 6:23b; Acts 17:30b; Ephesians 1:13; 2:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • We are made righteous in Christ by faith, and become the "sons" (children) of God. (Philippians 3:9; John 1:12)
  • The Bible says we are "saved" ... God rescued us from our sin and rebellion when we called out to Him in Jesus' name. (Romans 10:13)
  • Nothing can separate the true child of God from God. We couldn't earn our salvation, and we can't lose it. That is indeed Good News! (Romans 8:37-39)
  • God wants us to share the Good News of our "salvation" with others. (2 Timothy 1:8; Matthew 10:32)
The sad thing is, many have heard this Good News and still reject it. They are gambling with their soul and with eternity (Mark 8:36); but not believing it, not receiving it, doesn't change one thing.
 It's still the Good News!

* Adapted from Cybersaltdigest, 10/25/11