The Joy of Good News

"The Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news." [Isaiah 61:1]
One evening in 1964, the Great Alaska earthquake shocked and writhed for more than four minutes, registering a 9.2 magnitude. In Anchorage, whole city blocks disappeared, leaving only massive graters and rubble. Through the dark, terrifying night, news reporter Genie Chance stood at her microphone, passing along messages to desperate people sitting by their radios: a husband working in the bush heard that his wife was alive; distraught families heard that their sons on a Boy Scout camping trip were okay; a couple heard that their children had been found. The radio crackled with line after line of good news - pure joy amid the ruin.
This must have been something like what Israel felt when they heard these words from the prophet Isaiah: "The Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor" (61:1). As they looked over the wasteland of their wrecked lives and grim future, Isaiah's clear voice brought good news at the very moment when well seemed lost. God intended to "bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives... [To] rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated" (vv. 1, 4). In the midst of their terror, the people heard God's assuring promise, His good news.
For us today, it's in Jesus that we hear God's good news - this is what the word gospel means. Into our fears, pains, and failures, He delivers good news. And our distress gives way to joy.
-By Winn Collier
Where do you need to experience good news? When has God's good news replaced your fear and worry with joy?
God, I need some good news. I hear bad news all the time. I need to hear what You say about things. I need the joy You bring.
This message taken from: Our Daily Bread

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