Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Here’s the bad news and the good news

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

26th September 2010

Imagine you go to see your doctor and he says, “I have some bad news and some good news.”
“The bad news is that you have a deadly disease and need an operation.”
“The good news is the operation has a 100% cure rate.”

What would you do under those circumstances?

Would you agree to the operation without knowing the bad news first? Would you refuse the operation after receiving both the bad news and the good news?

Well the book of Romans gives us some bad news and good news.

The bad news is:

‘…"There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." "Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." "The poison of vipers is on their lips." "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness." "Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know." "There is no fear of God before their eyes"…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…For the wages of sin is death’ (Romans 3:10-18, 23; 6:23)

But the good news is:

‘But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus…the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord’. (Romans 3:21-26; 6:23)

Yes, we are all sinners and that is the terminally bad news we all face. But the good news is that a guaranteed cure is provided by Jesus’ death on the cross for us.

This wonderful good news provides:

  1. Freedom. (Romans 8:2)
  2. Sonship. (Romans 8:16-17)
  3. Hope. (Romans 8:24) and
  4. Help. (Romans 8:26-27).

What’s more, this good news is for all:

‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." (Romans 1:16,17).

The good news is that grace is offered to all through faith in the blood of Christ:

‘Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God...But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him!’ (Romans 5:1.2,8-9).

And so

‘…there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death’. (Romans 8:1-2)

For those condemned by sin and do not know it, they need the bad news.

For those condemned by sin and know it, they need the good news.

If you know both the bad news and good news - what are you waiting for?

Have a good week evaluating the news.

Pastor Barry

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