The ‘Good News’ Lives!


The two men stood together gazing at the crowd coming towards them. “Here he comes! Look at him. Who does he think he is, coming back to town while pretending to be someone who he isn’t! You and I know him, he grew up here. He was nothing special. He came from a background of simple means just like us. Yet, look at him. He pretends to be something he is not. So many people follow him and speak such wonderful things of him. But, we know better. He is not so special. I hear he speaks very well, and says the most outlandish things. They say he speaks with power, but I don’t care. I say he is a deceiver and is up to no good. A hometown boy who has worked his charm on so many, yet we know who he really is. I even worked with his father many years ago for a time. I once courted his sister. There is nothing special about that family!”

Just then a woman approached them with joy in her heart. “Is it him?” “Yes,” came the disgusted reply, “It’s him alright.” The women thanked them, and then ran out to greet the crowd. “What a fool!” said the one, as the other laughed. The two men slowly turned and strode towards town.

As they walked to Nazareth, one astonishingly said to the other, “Can you believe the things he preaches?” “No,” came the reply, “and neither will anyone else. The ‘good news,” is that he and his message will be forgotten by tomorrow. Of that I am certain.”

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) The Greek word for gospel means “good news.” The good news is that Jesus Christ lives and that he has made an atonement that will redeem all mankind from death and reward each individual according to his works.

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