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Good news in difficult times | Worship

 

Last updated 3/10/2021 at 6:25pm

Don't you love to hear good news? We all do!

There's nothing like it! It's easy to receive and brings out the best in everyone. Everyday we wake up it's very apparent that we are living in a broken world, a world where difficult or bad news dominates the news cycles.

The headlines of late are: pandemic, masks, social distancing, frequent sanitizing, death tolls, no hospital beds, shortage of vaccines, unemployment, businesses closing, skyrocketing suicide rates – not to mention an extremely rough and ugly political and social scene.

On the home front our kids and grandkids are struggling to make sense of all this in the midst of social deprivation and online school.

Many of us are fighting cabin fever. Businesses are having to adjust on the fly to new ways of serving their customers, while churches everywhere are adapting to new ways to care for and communicate hope within our community.

On every front there is difficulty. But in the middle of all this mess there is some really good news! We all have a hope and a future promised and provided by God Himself.

Enter Jesus, the Savior King! He brings hope and healing, life and light. This is our testimony! Times of turmoil and trouble, filled with bad news are His finest hour.

In John 16:33 Jesus said "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

The good news of Christ is that when we place our trust in Him we can have real peace knowing the one in whom we trust has overcome the trials, difficulties, pain and suffering of this world.

Do you need to hear good news of peace, good tidings, hope, and salvation? I want to encourage you to take a look at what God's Word, the Bible, says about finding these things.

The gospel or the good news is not just a philosophy, it is a real person: Jesus Christ, who walked on this earth and offered an alternative to a humanity with no real hope.

This is the same Jesus, who gave His life for all humankind on a cross in order to redeem this broken world, who announced Himself as coming "to bring good news to the poor ... to release the captives, to recover the sight of the blind, and to set the oppressed free"(Luke 4:18, NRSV).

Draw your focus to the hope we find in the pages of the Bible in the midst of what seems like overwhelming darkness and turn to Jesus the light of life.

 

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