Everyone loves good news!  It doesn’t matter what shape it comes in, something in us is lifted up when good news comes our way.  When it is good news for us personally, it is even better.  When your boss gives you a promotion and a raise, when the doctor tells you that you are pregnant, when your son or daughter gets that free ride to college, when the doctor tells you that the tests came back negative…good news is good news.  But when you get some good news that you don’t deserve, it’s a whole different ball game. We call that ‘grace.’

The Bible tells us that even though we are made in the beauty of God’s image, man chose to go his own way (Romans 1:25), and suffered the consequences of that choice (Romans 6:23).  Since then all mankind have had to deal with the struggle of life separate from God.  Deep within us is a yearning for that perfect life.  All of us have experienced the sting of our broken world.  We have all felt emotional, physical and spiritual pain.  They are reminders that we were made for something more.  We all want that perfect life but just can’t seem to get there.  God, in the depth of his love, knows this and so, as the Scriptures teach us, He sent His son Jesus, who lived that perfect life for us.  Not only that, He gave Himself as the payment for our rebellion (2Co. 5:21) on a Cross.  He took upon Himself our struggle, our brokenness, and our tainted record and the wrath of God and offers to us His perfect record, his peace and his life- freedom from the justice of God.  It is the ultimate gift- a second chance at life- or even better- a new life.  Jesus says, “He who believes in me will live…” (John 11:25).  “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for i am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)


If you are looking for that kind of rest or a new start at life, if you find yourself lost in the dark and you can’t find the light, perhaps you might consider what it is that Jesus offers you today.  For this gift doesn’t come with a cost or a list of “to-dos” to be accomplished in order to receive it.  It is a gift that is simply received by faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9) “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31).  AMEN.


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