Good News

Steven Bouma-Prediger

READ : Mark 1:1-15

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (v. 1)

The headline in the New York Times rang loud and clear: “Bailout Near.” The Wall Street
financial crisis and its cascading effects on the global economic system would soon be
addressed. This government plan to stabilize the financial markets was seen as good
news.

For the ancient Romans the word we translate as “good news” – euangelion in Greek or evangel in English – meant news of a Roman military victory in the provinces or the ascent of a new Caesar to power in Rome. But what really qualifies as good news?

Mark opens his book with the bold proclamation that his story is the beginning of the good news – the good news of Jesus the Christ, the Son of God. Mark lifts from Roman
propaganda a term to announce a Jewish messiah who would bring about God’s long-awaited
victory over evil and the rescue of his chosen people.

The real good news is not about military victories or the coronation of kings and
queens. It is about God sending his Son, his beloved Son, to inaugurate his
kingdom – his rule of justice, peace, and mercy – here on earth.

In response to the announcement of this good news, we are invited to repent and
believe. May it be so.

PRAYER

God of grace and peace, open our eyes to see and ears to hear the good news of

Jesus.