When God sent his Son to earth to reconcile us to himself, he called it
Good News--and it is. Itâ€™s the best news ever for a world with
too much sin and pain, injustice and need, violence and cruelty. We
could be better, we could be stronger, we could be more loving, we
could be filled with something of God himself--all because of Jesus.
Jesus is the Word--Godâ€™s Word to each of us, the Word God
spoke when he created the world, the Word that gives light and life to
a world in darkness.
As John puts it, â€œIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the
beginning. . . . The Word became flesh and lived for a while among
us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who
came from the Father, full of grace and truthâ€� (John 1:1-2, 14).
God is not some cosmic power who delights in obfuscation. He wants
each of us to know him and have a relationship with him. Thatâ€™s
why heâ€™s revealed himself to us in various ways--through the
patriarchs and prophets of the past, and today through his Son, â
€œthe radiance of Godâ€™s glory and the exact representation of his
beingâ€� (Hebrews 1:1-3).
Read the Word about Jesus. His story is told in the first four books of
the New Testament--Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They are
called the Gospels, which means good news.
See what heâ€™s like, and youâ€™ll know what God is like. â
€œAnyone who has seen me has seen the Father,â€� Jesus said (John
14:9). See what heâ€™s like, and youâ€™ll have a great example of
how we should be. Not that we can do it on our own, but that God
has done it for us through his Son, the Word.
Thatâ€™s the really Good News!