Good News in a Sad World

Proverbs 25:25, “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.”

In today’s world bad news is easy to find. Our nation is facing more crises than I am able to remember in my lifetime. Gas crisis, border crisis, inflation crisis, covid crisis, Afghanistan crisis, etc. The list goes on and on it seems. A soul that is longing for something good could easily become down, out and distressed quickly. The really bad news? According to the Lord, it’s going to get worse. To be honest, I think if we just all turned off the tv and radios we would experience much more peace. But where can a child of grace find some good news? Even though there may be some things of gladness on television and radio, for the most part it is just more bad news.

Our study verse tells us about some good news. Good news from a “far country.” When I ponder upon this verse, I cannot help but think of the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is good news from a far country. The word gospel means glad tidings of good things. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not about bad news, but the good news of salvation and heaven above.

Isaiah 40:1-2, “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins.” The children of Israel, because of their sin against God, were going to face difficult times. They were going to be judged. The Babylonians would come and destroy their beloved city. Yet, even before the Babylonians came, the Lord promised them a release from captivity and return to their lands. History tells us that the people sang Isaiah 40 as they returned to Jerusalem, declaring with a loud voice “Behold your God” (Isaiah 40:9). The verse also has a prophetic application to us in New Testament times. We are able to declare the good news of God’s victory in salvation, speaking comfort to the sin sick and troubled soul. The Lord finished the work on the Cross and paid the entire sin debt. If you feel to be a sinner in God’s sight, it is evidence that Jesus paid for all your sins on Calvary’s Cross. The Lord truly came into this world to save sinners and has ascended back to heaven victorious over death, hell and the grave.

John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” The Lord, with these precious words, gives comfort to the disciples. These words comfort our hearts today. Let not our hearts be troubled, the Lord has built a beautiful house for His little sheep. Our future is not dim, but bright because of God’s unchangeable grace. He is coming to get all of us and take us home to the glorious home of heaven above. Where there will be no more tears, sadness or crises (thank the Lord). A place where we will all be happy and satisfied forever and ever. By this good news, we can understand why John said in Revelation 22:20, “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, are you thirsty for some good news? Do you long for something that will refresh your hearts? Open your Bibles and read about the Lord and heaven above. Meet me at Church on Sunday morning and listen to the message from the ambassador of heaven. The message of the gospel is about good things. The Lord’s Victory and the peace of the land of paradise. Just as “cold waters” is to a thirsty soul, so is this good news from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

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