We live in an information age, some even might say a “too much information” age. On our smart phones, our computers and our television sets are an inexhaustible amount of news flooding our airwaves.
To fill the increased demand, some news outlets have turned to a stretched out form of reality, news based on fact but stretched to become sensationalized. To fill a certain agenda, some points are emphasized while others are ignored. In the end, we have stories built on a kernel of truth with a whole lot of manipulation, the news good or bad based on the biases of the reader.
In this controlled form of reality, its hard to know what to believe. Is it even possible anymore to be objective? Can no one be trusted past the ink they put to paper?
Since the beginning of time, manipulation has been present in information. The serpent told halve truths to Eve, Cain told halve truths to God and so on and so on. In our fallen nature, news has become something to approach with skepticism.
Only one form of news in all of human history has continually proven itself as worthy. This news has been studied, broken apart and dissected and each time its proven itself as true (though those who wish to find fault continue to manipulate that truth).
Of course, I’m talking about the Good News, so good in fact that Jesus told His disciples to, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation” Mark 16:15. Gospel means “good news.” Good because it points the way to salvation. It tells the story of Christ’s unselfish sacrifice that paid the price for the sins of all mankind. The Good News that is, “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
Jesus came to earth because this news needed to be proclaimed. In Luke 4:43 Jesus said as much when He said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” To Jesus, it wasn’t just about filling people in on the facts, it was about showing them the pathway to redemption. It was about educating the lost and rescuing the confused.
The news that Christ came to share, indeed the news that He came to make, was the kind of news that would change eternal lives. It continues to be the news that makes disciples of all nations, sharing the Good News of repentance and forgiveness that the nations need so desperately to hear.
The news that Christ came to share is too important to keep to ourselves. In Romans 10:8- 15, this process is more clearly seen, “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Those beautiful feet should be your feet helping to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Paul encourages Timothy to do the same saying, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2).
To proclaim it, however, you have to believe it. So, read it and test it. Approach it with an open mind ready to learn. Let the Holy Spirit lead you to the truth so that you can truly see that the news it shares is the best news ever given. The Lord is not looking for blind faith, but a faith that hears the news and lives it, to see what may come of it.
In the history of the world, only one form of news has truly witnessed fully the test of time. It is found in the Scripture that waits for your attention. Come to understand it more fully so that you too might be the one bearing the beautiful feet of the messenger of truth. Please pray with me:
Heavenly Father, thank you for the Good News of Your Son Jesus Christ and all He has done to win for us a home with You for all eternity. Amen.