“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2: 10, 11)
Getting The Good News Out!
The Good News of Jesus Christ is the best news for all people, at all times, in all of history. There is no news worth spreading that is as good as the Gospel. In a world of increasing bad news, people need to hear this incredible Good News of Jesus. No news is as urgent as getting out this Good News. It is more urgent than the early morning newspaper delivery. It is Good News of great joy for all people.
Spreading the Gospel is more life-changing than spreading gossip, both for the spreader and the receiver. (tweet)
Jesus is the good news. He is the answer to every question, the satisfaction for every heart, the only Savior who can save people from sin’s destructive power. Jesus is the wisdom and power. He is the wisdom for man’s foolishness. He is the power for the weak. He is the healer for the broken; the provider for the poor. Jesus is everything. To have Jesus is to have everything! He is the beginning and the end. All of history is His Story, and how He is redeeming a people for Himself to the praise and glory of the Father.
So, this Christmas, what are the things that prevent us from spreading? Are there barriers to spreading that is within our capacity that God has given us to remove right away? What are they and what can we do now in order to be a Good News people that God has called us to be?
Getting The Good News in.
In order to get the Good News out with urgency, it must be good news that brings great joy to our ears again. It is possible that we have lost the awe and wonder of it all. It is natural for us to commend well that which we cherish most. It is natural for us to tell what we love to others. It is not difficult to tell people what we’re most convinced of. We orient our lives around what we treasure the most in life. What we love and treasure shapes the way we live. Our heart’s desire shapes our priorities and lifestyles. All of us have core convictions that drive our lives–whether or not that is the Gospel. Even for those of us who are believers, the Gospel that we affirm in our heads must become Good News in our hearts. Only then will commending the Good News to others become more natural again.
How can you not tell your neighbor when a wonderful baby is born into your family? Those are the kinds of good news that people post all over Facebook every day without much effort. In a similar fashion, we will naturally commend to others with our entire lives that which captivates our hearts the most. If Jesus is beautiful to us, we cannot help but commend Him to others without much effort. If other things, apart from Jesus, are beautiful to us, we commend them likewise.
Therefore, the command to obey the Great Commission is not burdensome if the Gospel is Good News to us (Matt. 28: 19, 20). If we believe in our hearts as much as we believe it in our heads we can’t help but live out the truths of the Gospel. If we believe in the cause that we say we believe in we will risk everything to get it out. Why? Because it is the most natural thing to do. And ultimately because God is glorified when people hear the Good News and come to Jesus and praise Him for saving them, just as God was glorified when we first came to Jesus and we praised Him for saving us. Therefore, let’s commend Him well. Let’s praise Him. “O Come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.” A Savior is born into our broken world. For He will save people from their sins.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9: 6)
Help us get the Good News out this Christmas–among the 2nd largest unreached people group– by your: