Good News!

By Pastor Heidi Kratz

When is the last time you heard some good news? Good news can change your whole day or even your whole outlook on life.

Every morning before heading out for the day, I check the weather report and the latest news. The weather channel can sometimes bring some good news when you can see a forecast for warmer weather especially during this time of year. Catching up with the news on the other hand is not always the most encouraging way to start your day. There is a common thread through most news stories…hurting people. There are concerns about the economy, fear of terrorism, unrest and war in different parts of the world. Where is the good news?

Luke 8:1 reads “After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.”

In Kids’ Church we have been studying the video series “What’s in the Bible” with Buck Denver. We have learned that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the first four books in the New Testament. These four books are called the Gospels. The word “Gospel” means good news. The Gospels tell the story of Jesus. Jesus is the good news. He is the one who can bring hope to the lives that are lost and hurting.

In Jesus’ day there were no news channels to check up on the events of the day, but people had similar experiences. People were hurting. They had different fears and were confused about the problems they were experiencing. Jesus went from “one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news”. Jesus healed the sick, gave sight to the blind and calmed the storms. He brought good news where ever he went.

In Luke 8:39 the man who was healed went away and told everyone in his town how much Jesus had done for him. In a world that doesn’t always hear good news, we need to share it with others. The hurting world needs to hear that the good news of Jesus can bring peace and hope to our lives.