Today’s reading is Luke 3.
“With many other exhortations he preached good news to the people.” That’s what Luke says about John the son of Zechariah. However, did you actually read what he had just preached? “His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Certainly, there is some good news in there for the wheat, but what about the chaff? In today’s climate, I’m not sure if this would qualify as good news. Not to mention, part of his preaching was specifically against sins like that which Herod and Herodias were committing. Not only did that get him arrested, it ultimately got him executed. This may not be what we would put on a marketing poster for the gospel, but while it is good news, not all of it is pleasant news. The good news includes salvation, but that is only good news because there is judgment from which we need to be saved. We may not like to hear about the wrath and fiery judgment, but without that bad news, the good news is just news. In fact, if it weren’t for the bad news, the good news wouldn’t even be news. Judgment is coming, but, praise God, Jesus came to gather the wheat and save those who would believe in Him from the judgment. That is good news. You can be part of it. Are you?
Next week’s reading is Luke 4.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, many folks today love to hear the pleasant part of the good news. Not so many like the unpleasant part. Jesus is saving us. But that means there is something dreadful He is saving us from. Some today want there to be the good news and then the not as good news. It doesn’t work that way. There is bad news. We have all sinned and deserve judgment. Judgment is coming. Judgment will not be pleasant or merely momentary. It will be awful and eternal. The good news is Jesus died to wash our sins away and gather us to God Himself. Jesus took judgment so that we don’t have to. Praise the Lord!