“After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.” Luke 8:1
“I bring you good news of great JOY that will be for all people.” Luke 2:10
Last week, we took our grandchildren to Atlanta and went to the World of Coke. At the beginning of the tour, we saw a brief six minute video. I have to tell you it was one of the most uplifting, feel-good things I have seen in a long time. There was great music and several short stories of people having fun. The best way to describe it was six minutes of JOY. If indeed, “Things go better with Coke!” how can we as Christians show others that “Life goes better with Jesus.” If we truly believe that, then shouldn’t others see JOY in our lives?
It made me reflect on worship. We gather on Sunday to hear the good news . . . and I wonder how many times we actually experience JOY when the hymns and anthems are sung and the word is read and proclaimed. I am not one of those preachers who believe EVERY text and sermon is good news. There are times when the news is not good. Ultimately our faith in Christ leads us to good news, but sometimes life is challenging and we don’t FEEL any joy. The good news seems out of reach.
But as your pastor, I need to do a better job of conveying the good news of Jesus Christ, especially on Sunday mornings. And then hopefully that “good news” can sustain us through the coming week.
I left the World of Coke feeling like I had heard good news in that short six minute video. My prayer is that when you leave worship on Sundays you, too, will feel like you have heard some good news in that day’s short 15 to 20 minute sermon.
It is a JOY being your pastor.