The Good News
The Good News
Messiah Lutheran Church exists to share Good News with the people of Alpharetta/Johns Creek. Someone for whom I was her pastor once said something that stuck with me. She just started to take some medication for some joint pain she had. She said that she appreciated feeling good again, because she had felt so bad. She experienced the contrast; the greater the contrast, the greater the ability to appreciate feeling good.
That is true in a spiritual way. God gave us his commandments. An honest, self-effacing comparison of what they say will cause us to hurt. David had a way of saying this so many ways in the psalms. In Psalm 32 he writes, “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.” His sins made him physically ill. He was depressed.
But the psalm doesn’t quit there. “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” The cover-up ended. Acknowledgement of the reality of his sin was out in the open; he was honest. He was also honest about God’s holiness. God is holy. He is just and punishes sin. But then comes the good news. The Savior, David’s Son, would come. He took David’s place. He took the place of all the world. He offered to the Father in heaven a perfect life. Yes, God demanded perfection but also supplied it in Jesus. That same Jesus took our sins upon himself so we could be healed. That’s the good news! The best news!
I try to make very sure every sermon I preach or a Bible class I teach that basic message of Good News is there loud and clear. We call it the Law and Gospel. I invite you to come and hear it.
Pastor Larry Zahn