Good Good News Devotional

The Good, Good News!

Julia Bettencourt

Posted March 03, 2014


How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!  Isaiah 52:7


It used to be that news traveled slowly.  It came by horses, boats, or even by the feet of messengers.  Today we are inundated with news. Television networks have news on several times a day.  It comes on the radio on the hour, usually every hour.  We even have television networks dedicated solely to the news itself.

When you log onto the internet, usually the first thing that hits you is news headlines.  There are even apps for our phones so that we are never out of touch with news.

What do people think is so interesting?  The media seems to cover so much about fashion and celebrities anymore.  Have you ever seen some of the titles of the Yahoo headlines?

Makes you wonder what is really important to people.  Some of what even reaches the national news sometimes seems so small and insignificant to be considered news.  Then there is that gamut of tabloid news.  Much of that even filters into our mainstream news.

Have you ever thought about some of those headlines from the Bible?  Now that is news that is still important and inspires us today.  Talk about some human interest stories.  The Bible is full of them. 



Multitude Fed with Five Loaves and Two Fish


Matthew 14:14-22


Don't you just love the facts of this story?  Jesus had been teaching the multitudes along the banks of the sea.  There came a point when the disciples wanted to send all the people to their homes because they had been there all day and the people were getting hungry.  Jesus; however, sees the need and wants to feed those people.

All the disciples could come up with was five loaves of bread and two fish that a boy had with him.

Jesus turned that into a meal for all that multitude of people.  It wasn't just like they were eating horderves or appetizers to hold them over till they got home either.  The Bible says that they were filled.

And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.  Matthew 14:20

Did you catch the last part of that verse?  Twelve baskets of leftovers.


10 Lepers Healed in Small Village


Luke 17-11-19


This is the story of the ten lepers who were healed by Jesus.  As He was passing through a village in the "midst of Samaria and Galilee" (Luke 17:11), ten lepers were standing far off and cried for Jesus to heal them.

Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priests and as they went on their way, they were healed.

This is one of those stories we teach in Sunday School to teach thankfulness to children because one of the lepers turned around and thanked Jesus and glorified God.  The others didn't.

I think there is so much more to this story though other than just thankfulness.  We see how these men couldn't even get close to Jesus because they were lepers, but Jesus heard their cry.

Jesus knows whatever circumstance and predicament we are in.  That thought is so comforting to me. Jesus hears us.  We just need to cry out, "Jesus, Master" like these men did.

Another thing I see about these men is that they cried for mercy.  We see people crying out to Jesus for mercy in several instances throughout the New Testament.  Mercy is a wonderful thing.  Its very meaning is full of compassion and these men in this passage wanted some of it.

They wanted the kind that Jesus gave and they cried out to Him for it.  I'm sure they had heard about the others Jesus had healed who had cried out for mercy.

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

Luke 17:12, 13



Poor Woman Gives Away More than the Rich


Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4


Here we come to the story of the woman with just two mites to rub together.  It was a time of giving at the Temple and there were rich people putting in large offerings, but this woman gave two mites, which we know equaled a farthing because it says so in Mark 12:42.

I'm not sure how much that is and it doesn't really matter.  What matters is that this woman gave all that she had.  She had nothing left.  On the other hand, the rich people that gave still had an abundance to live on and to do what they would with it.

Jesus points out this woman's giving to his disciples and you know whenever Jesus points something out, it is important.  There's always a lesson to be learned.  Jesus was and is the Great Teacher.

And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:

For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

Mark 12:43, 44


What a giving heart this woman had. It's such a lesson for us to give what we have to the Lord whether it is our money, time, or talents.



Conclusion:
Even with all that is going on in our up to the minute world, I think it is always a good thing to stop and reread these wonderful stories from the Bible once in awhile.

There are so many more than just these I've mentioned.  I know many of us read a few verses a day or even go through books by the chapter, but I'm talking about reading a Bible story or passage in it's entirely without regard of what part of the chapter it starts or ends.

There is something about these "headlines" of the Bible.  They make you stop and think.  So much better than an After School Special.  These passages have such great characters, drama, and life lessons in them.  They prepare you for Christian living.  They really are "good news".

When I think of good news, I not only think of those wonderful Bible passages full of stories and the teachings of Jesus, but I think of the good news of salvation itself.

Jesus lived, died, and rose again for us.  As Christians, we are here to share that Gospel. It's like we are the distribution department.  It's our job to get that good news out to other people.

Not only should we be sharing the Gospel with the lost, but we should be sharing what we read and study in the Scriptures with other Christians.

When's the last time you shared what God gave to you and blessed you with after you read your Bible or heard a sermon that spoke to you?  It's a real encouragement booster for other Christians.  You might just make someone's day.

I recently read a verse in Psalms that I guess I never took much notice of before.

Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.  Psalm 66:16

Wow.  What God did "for my soul".  What has the Lord done for your soul lately?

Let's leave the bad news and tabloid reporting to the world and share what joys from the Scriptures that God blesses us with.

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!  Isaiah 52:7

So, how are you at distributing the "good news"?


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Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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