““The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!””
The word ‘Gospel’ means ‘Good news.’
And the things that constitute ‘good news’ include finding out that we’ve actually lost the 5lbs that we were trying to lose. Or turning off the TV because our soccer team had clearly lost the game, only to wake up in the morning to discover they won by a last-minute penalty. That is good news!
But when we read the Bible, we tend to read it not like good news, but rather like good advice, or maybe a stern warning, or worse still…an accusation.
If when we read the Bible our response is, “I’ll try harder” then it means we’re taking it as an accusation or at best good advice. But if when we read it we say “Thank you,” then it means we have understood it as good news.
What we must remember is that the main point of the Bible story isn’t about placing a burden on us. Rather it is about what God has already done to take our burdens off our shoulders, and place them squarely on the shoulders of Christ. That is good news!
Dear God, forgive me for all the times I neglected to recognize the good news in Your message. Thank You for my salvation in Christ Jesus! That is good news! Amen.