Good News for a Change
Good News for a Change means that the story of Jesus is good news instead of the normal bad news we hear.
The good news of Jesus is indeed good news that can lift our eyes and our hearts beyond the world around us to eternal realities.
This week an older person told me how they were happy to be in the later part of their life because of where the world is heading. It does not take much effort to think of things that cause us concern: wars and famine, aspects of politics, diseases like Covid, injustice, immorality. All we need to do is to turn on the news and we can see any amount of bad news.
By way of contrast, from now until Christmas our preaching is going to be about “Good News for a Change”. The wording is intentionally ambiguous.
Good News for a Change means that the story of Jesus is good news instead of the normal bad news we hear. The good news of Jesus is indeed good news that can lift our eyes and our hearts beyond the world around us to eternal realities.
Good News for a Change can also mean that the purpose of this good news is to bring change to people. It brings transformation to those who hear and receive it, and then through them to others.
This week we look at the theme of Hope for a Change. Hope in the Bible is not like crossing our fingers. It is the sure expectation of a future determined by God.
Hope for a Change speaks of a great future despite the despair and cynicism we experience in this world we live in. It is good news. The hope that comes through receiving Jesus and believing in him also changes us now and forever.