Book: Proverbs 25
“Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty.”
Today I received a phone call from a friend several provinces away. We had been trying to connect with each other by phone for several months but due to work and busyness of life had not achieved it. Since he had a week of holidays and I was available we were able to have a good chat on the phone catching up on what each other had been up to. I was encouraged to hear his good news.
Secondly, today I received a text announcing that my nephew and his wife are expecting. I had the privilege of officiating at their wedding and have watched them grow together as a couple over the last few years. Now to hear that they are adding to their family was good news.
Thirdly my wife is traveling home after being away in Arizona for six days. This is good news for me as I miss her very much. We have been married for over 27 years but when one of us is away we do look forward to being together again. I am sure she will have many stories to share once she arrives home.
All of this good news, coming from afar, is welcomed and refreshing. But God sent the best Good News from afar by way of His Son, Jesus Christ, who came and died on a cross for the penalty of our sin. Not only that but He rose again and is in heaven preparing a place for us. A place where there will not be any pain, suffering or tears. And why did He do this?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John3:16
One month from today is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. You will remember in Luke 2 an angel said to the terrified shepherds out in the field, “Don’t be afraid! I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem…”
That good news resulted in a response by the shepherds who quickly went searching for this baby.
Over the next few weeks, leading up to Christmas, take time to consider this Good News that God has sent and how you have and will respond to it.