Looking for Good News

All of us appreciate hearing Good News. Am I right?! When a person has waited on Good News the better part of fifty years, it can’t come too soon. Nearly a year ago, I posted about my good friend Joseph Wood who has been researching the details of his parentage, having been abandoned as an infant and found wrapped in a blanket-lined basket, mere hours after his 1965 birth.

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Joseph and June, 2015

Joseph’s delightful story has now made its way to the pages of the Chicago Tribune where it will (hopefully) garner attention and lead (at long last) to a reunion with the family of his birth. (Thanks to Mary Schmich for kindly featuring Joseph’s story!)

There’s already a basket-load of Good News related to Joseph’s story … even as he was abandoned, he was lovingly placed where he’d be found, he was lovingly adopted, he was nurtured in a loving home and all along the way, God had His hand on the lad – who grew into a man, husband, father, as well as a respected and admired friend who currently serves the State of Arkansas as our Deputy Secretary of State.

With Joseph’s story reaching Chicago’s metro readership, I know he’d be thrilled with the Good News of a connection to his kin! I can’t imagine how I’d feel in his place … how I hope he’s successful!

Thinking about the long wait he’s endured, I’m reminded of another occasion when long-awaited news finally came. In the Old Testament, God had promised His people a Messiah. Numerous scriptures refer to the hoped-for “advent.” As far back as Genesis 3, God told Adam and Eve even though their sin had brought judgment, a future Messiah would come and “crush” the head of the serpent.

God’s people been waiting so long, many of them had begun doubting God’s promise, expecting God’s Good News was simply a pipe dream, one of those family stories that gets grander and grander after having been handed down for generations … and might have been somebody’s unlikely dream to begin with!

In God’s timing however, Jesus Christ entered time and space to be the Good News of God’s promise made to His people centuries before. We know that Good News as the Gospel, the glad tidings announced by Jesus that redemption and salvation come through Him. This is Good News indeed!

Today’s sonnet relates truth from John’s Gospel, the fourth book of the New Testament in which the Apostle John gives a specific account of what he witnessed while following Jesus Christ in His earthly ministry. Here’s the really, really, really Good News … even after two thousand years, the message of the Gospel remains unchanged!John's-Gospel