Wednesday 26 February
The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.
Opening lines are always revealing. You read, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” and you’re imagining stars and planets and spaceships. You hear, “It was a dark and stormy night…” and you’re picturing a haunted house and some spiderwebs strung over creaking doors. A well-written book will grab you from the first sentence and draw you into the story. It tells you what it’s all about.
Mark’s Gospel is just like that. It’s a no-nonsense account of the life of Jesus. And it begins with an announcement of good news.
“Good news” is more than just a light-hearted story at the end of a TV bulletin. It is a declaration that something life-changing has happened, and that things will never be the same as a result. As we’re introduced to Jesus in Mark’s Gospel, the bold claim is that he is the best news ever.
Mark introduces Jesus with two job titles, which explain why his arrival is seen as such good news. He is, first, “the Messiah” - that is, God’s chosen King who would save his people. And he is, second, “the Son of God” - that is, God himself, come in the flesh to put right what is wrong with the world.
Lots of people claim to speak for God, but if someone claims to be God - and then backs it up with evidence - we ought to pay attention.
So when you hear about Jesus, if you don’t think it’s the best news you’ve ever heard, you can be sure you’ve missed something significant.
Father in heaven, thank you that Jesus is good news. In this time of reflection during Lent, please help me to know how and why he is the best news ever. Amen.
Written by Alastair Gledhill, Resource Development and Online Engagement Consultant
Ali has previous experience working in digital communications, before more recently serving on the ministry team at All Souls Church. He has joined the team at CEM to help update resources and build engagement. He lives in central London.
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