Day in and day out, we all welcome good news. However, there does not seem to be an abundance of good news in the world about us. We are bombarded by news of violence, accident, serious illness, family strife, economic stress or political conflict, among a list that seemingly does not end. Where can we find good news?

In a few days the Christian world will celebrate a day that is abundant with good news. Easter Sunday is almost upon us. Just a few months ago, we celebrated the birth of a very special person, Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that the good news of his birth was that he came to save his people. In Matthew 1:21 we read, “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Easter Sunday is a time to celebrate how Jesus Christ saves His people.

The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures”. This is known as the gospel of Jesus Christ. The apostle John also tells us in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Easter Sunday is the time set aside to celebrate this “rose again,” or resurrection. What did Jesus Christ intend for his people to do with the knowledge of death, burial and resurrection? In Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." And again in Acts 1:8, “… and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." This Gospel of death, burial, and resurrection was to be shared and spread throughout the world, and is the ultimate good news. In the nearly 2,000 years since these events took place, the gospel of Jesus Christ has been proclaimed throughout the world.

As a result here in our region, there is, somewhere close to you a church that teaches from the Bible this good news of Jesus Christ. Take some time this Sunday morning to attend a Bible-teaching, Bible-believing church so that you may truly have an understanding of what the apostle Paul means when he tells us in Romans 10:13, “For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved" and in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”