Imagine sitting in a doctor’s office by yourself waiting for someone to walk through the door and tell you the results of the MRI scan. Imagine you’re practically waiting at the mailbox in hopes of receiving the check you need to make this month’s bills. Imagine yourself lost in an unfamiliar city as the sun is setting, while you’re looking for a familiar road sign or landmark to guide you back to where you’ll spend the night. These and countless thousand other scenarios happen to all of us anytime as we are in a position of fear, anxiety or aimlessness in search of some good news; hoping for something or someone to relieve our angst. This is the role Jesus plays, this is what Jesus does when he arrives on earth and begins his ministry. His purpose is to bring Good News right to the intersection of fear, anxiety or aimlessness.
While reading the prophet Isaiah in his home church Jesus defines his ministry when he says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4.18)
This Good News goes deep. It might provide physical healing or spiritual assurance, but it’s Good News either way. It might provide the resources you need or the ability to be sustained without them, but it’s Good News either way. Jesus’ Good News is that life has focus and purpose so you have value and meaning. The Good News Jesus brings, the Good News Jesus embodies not only goes deep – it goes beyond our fears, anxieties and aimlessness to provide calm, confidence and belonging. Here’s the last bit of Good News – it’s all for you! For more information, visit me at KarlGalik.com