Good News!

14 Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. 15 “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”

Mark 1:14-15

Good morning my friends!

The time promised by God continues to be in our midst! The Reign of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!

Sometimes the very thought of this proclamation swells my heart! The knowledge that God is among us, the ability to see God’s divine hand working in the world around us, the call for myself personally and all of us collectively to “turn back” to God, and the reminder to have faith and believe in the Good News!

But what “Good News?”

Let us be honest, you and I live in a world that is often driven by media information. Daily, hourly, sometimes minute by minute our minds are “bombarded” with information. Information about events occurring in the world around us. Information that is often passed on to us in the form of opinions. Sometimes the perception of the reporter on the information becomes the news itself.

David Loose, one of my favorite theologians, once said that by the time the average American reaches the ripe old age of 14 that this young person has been exposed to more information than most people received over the course of their lifetime during the 1500’s. Think about that little factoid for a moment.

So, amid a world that literally transmits and receives information moment by moment filled with both objective news and people’s opinions, filled with information on suffering, on dissension, on scandals, on violence, betrayal, and corruption, where is the Good News?

The “Good News” my friends is that the God Who created the earth along with all the cosmos is the same God Who formed and fashioned each of us. The “Good News” my friends is that this same God gifted each one of us with unique and special gifts and talents. The “Good News” my friends is that this God, loves us beyond any standard that we can imagine. The “Good News” my friends is that this God walks with us each moment of our lives, knows us better than we know ourselves, rejoices with us in times of celebration, mourns with us in times of sorrow, and promises never to leave us. The “Good News” my friends is that despite the many times we make wrong-minded decisions, the many times that our feet stray from the path, the many times we allow ourselves to be deceived, that God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The “Good News” my friends is that our Lord loves us all SOOO much that Christ willingly and lov