I’ve got good news for you.
Come close, let me tell you.
You may think you’ve heard it before… but good news is always worth hearing again. So if that’s you, please stay with me here. But if you’ve never heard this, let me tell you about a story. For the next few blog posts, I’ll be blogging from the gospel of John. If you’re the type who likes the bible but doesn’t like to read it, then we can read it together here.
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
Once upon a time, there was the Father and the Son. They loved each other deeply. Even before you and I arrived on the scene, the Son was there. He was the Word. I don’t want to confuse you now (ie Why is the Son the Word?), so just think of this right now: the Son is God. The Son was with God (the Father). Through the Son, all things you see around you today were made. The sun, the stars, the moon, beautiful trees, the glory of it all. It was through the Son this was made. Your parents, your children, even you. It was through the Son we were all made.
In the Son was Life. And that life is our Light. When the Son came into the scene, the world had Death and it had Darkness. But he was on a mission to change that. And he did. That’s the good news I have for you today. That Jesus is God. And he is full of life. And he came for you to have that fullness.
You might be in a situation right now where you need Life. Maybe it’s a health problem for you or someone you love. The Son is full of life. We just read that. Or maybe you’re in darkness right now. You could be stuck somewhere – something you’re ashamed about, something you want to change but cannot. Jesus is the Light. And he came- precisely for You.
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
“Yeah but that’s old news. I’ve heard that before and I’m still in this mess”
Could it be perhaps that we have not understood this Good News? Maybe you heard about Jesus but you didn’t hear about grace. Maybe someone pretended to care about your problems just so they could bring you to their religious organization? Maybe you grew up in a religious organization and did the whole shebang Sunday after Sunday but as far as you’re concerned Jesus is just an idea, and not the living Son of God who came for you to meet you where you are?
Listen closely, because this is why I wrote this blog. I have good news to tell you. There’s hope. Together let’s understand this light which came down for you.
John 1: 14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
This Jesus, who brings with him all the light and life you’ll ever need, he came. He’s the One and the Only, there is no other. He is the one you’ve been waiting for. And he comes, not bringing with him laws and rules and do’s and don’t's.
He comes full of grace. That means there’s forgiveness with him. There are second chances with him. He brings power and strength with him. He brings unmerited favor with him. If you can deserve grace, then it wouldn’t be called grace now would it? He didn’t come with things we have to earn or deserve. He came with grace- gifts that we can never earn but he wants to give freely anyway. That’s the good news.
He also comes full of truth. So whatever lies the enemy has placed in your mind about Jesus or his father, he came to dispel that. Whatever lies the enemy has tried to fool you into thinking about yourself or the way God sees you, he came to dispel as well. My prayer is that this blog will be full of truth for you. And you’d be set free from wrong thinking the way we were recently (I’ll tell you my story somewhere along the way).
The Good News is Grace. The Good News is Truth. The Good News is Jesus. And Jesus is Here. And everything will never be the same.
Keep reading. I hope this blesses you.