On Friday, September 24th, I picked up my Chronological Bible to read the daily reading, and got all excited when I read these words “Four hundred years after the last Old Testament book was written, the story of the New Testament begins to unfold, around 6 BC.”
After nine months of reading through the entire Old Testament, this was exciting news! And the very first heading under this new day was “The Beginning of the Good News”. Not just the beginning, but the beginning of Good News.
So I began to read the page, and the first verse I read was Mark 1:1a, “This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.”
I know it sounds silly, but I honestly did feel a little sense of thrill rush through my veins, just knowing how much I am going to learn before the end of December about all the new and chronological details of the “Good News”!
As I read through the first few passages of the New Testament, the term “Good News” seemed to latch onto my heart.
I was reminded of how powerful and life-altering the truths are in the book of John.
John reminds us that the Word already existed long before man did, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (1:1). The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. (1:4).
Then in John 1:5, we read, “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
As I read this verse above, I paused. I let it sink in for a minute, and I was struck with the immeasurable magnitude of these few words.
I was reminded of the battle of the darkness versus the Light. A battle that we so often overlook, forget, or just refuse to acknowledge is occurring, since it is being fought in the invisible realm.
A battle between Good and evil, that actually sounds more like a sci-fi movie, than reality, but one that Gods Word assures us is occurring.
When I think of darkness in the way that God is speaking of, several descriptions come to mind – evil, demonic forces, tragedy, torment, crime, murder, child abuse, poverty, sexual slavery, prostitution, hopelessness, fear, betrayal, deceit, the lost.
Darkness in the spiritual sense, is evil. All of these things I mentioned above, and countless other evil things, happen every second of every day. I shudder to think of it all.
However, John 1:5 reassures us that The invisible Light can never be extinguished by all the visible daily darkness.
The Light represents all things opposite of the dark – love, angelic forces, blessings, righteousness, abundance, purity, commitment, devotion, hope, trust, and eternal life.
It seems that all we hear about these days, is bad news. Just turn on the television or pick up a newspaper and within five minutes, you are sure to hear more bad news than your heart can take. The media seems to think that the only way to stay in business is to stay in the business of bad news.
So thank goodness, there is Good News to be found.
Good News that is not broadcast 24/7 on the television screen. Good News that is not the headline of today’s newspaper. Good News that will not be found on the homepage of CNN in the top news section.
Nonetheless, there is Good News, in fact, Great News! Great News that is available for us to view every day, if we choose to do so. News that is longing to be read and treasured and tucked into our hearts, if only we take time to give it our attention.
Good News of the highest authority that can lift our hearts, when all the bad news of living in a broken world has saddened our souls.
Good News that is so full of Light, that all the bad news in the world cannot keep it from shining.
What a fresh and powerful reminder today, that no matter how hopeless, frustrating or heartbreaking things seem to be – in our world, in our country, in our communities, in our own homes – that there is GOOD NEWS. News that is capable of drowning out the darkness, no matter how dark it seems. Nothing is too dark for Jesus to shed His Light on.
Could you use some Good News today? Just turn to channel BIBLE, at any time of the day or night. This Program is always on, and ready for your viewing pleasure.
The Good News is available to shed Light on our darkness, if only we open our hearts and let Him in.
Stay tuned for more on this subject in tomorrow’s broadcast. 🙂