No doubt there has been a steady surge of bad news from various sources. Terrorism, school killings, threats of war, unemployment. All generating serious unrest and anxiety.
But the fact is there is much good news available. It depends on where you look. In the Bible, the term “gospel”, literally means “good news” or “glad tidings.” There are several ways in which this term is used; the gospel of God, the gospel of grace, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel of the glory of Christ, the gospel of the kingdom. The four biographies of Christ at the beginning of the New Testament are designated as Gospels. Paul continues this theme by declaring that he was called and separated “unto the gospel of God.” Romans 1:1. Peter is equally committed to the gospel. In 1 Peter 1:25, he says, “But the word of the Lord abides forever. And this is the word which has been announced to you as the gospel.” Thus he equates the gospel to the Lord’s word, which is eternal. A word search of the term “gospel” reveals just how fundamental this term is to understanding the New Testament. The New Testament then is inherently and primarily, a matter of good news!
The New Testament is such good news because it declares the coming of the Savior. Luke 1:10-11 states:
“And the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; behold, I announce to you good news of great joy, which will be for all the people, Because today a Savior has been born to you in David’s city, who is Christ the Lord.”
The gospel is good news because it is God coming to man as a Savior. It is also good news because the gospel heals any kind of sickness. In other words, the gospel meets our human need.
The healing of the gospel is seen in Matthew 4:23:
“And Jesus went about in all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.”
The Lord’s proclaiming of the gospel and His healing every disease are joined by a conjunction indicating that they go together. This is true in our experience. Whenever we hear and receive the Lord’s word, the healing follows. Is this not good news!?
So in the midst of the bad news, may we remember and encourage others with what is truly good news. Wonderful news! A Savior has come! Even more, He comes “with healing in His wings.” Malachi 4:2.
Although there is plenty of bad news, it is temporary. The good news of the gospel is eternal. It brings salvation with eternal glory. “That they themselves may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” 2 Timothy 2:10. May we all know and enter into the reality of this good news.