Ain’t that good news

1 Corinthians-15--1-4Although I did not post this entry as the Verse of the Day for yesterday, April 14, 2015, I find that the overriding message can be applied any day of the week. So here is the post that I missed yesterday:

1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4 (KJV), the Verse of the Day for April 14, 2015, makes known the gospel or the “good news” of Jesus Christ:

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how 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:

The “good news” includes the birth of Jesus Christ which was heralded as “glad tidings of great joy,” as the angel brought “good news” to the shepherds and ultimately to the whole world. Not only was Jesus born but he lived and he died, offering his life as a sacrifice for an atonement for the sins of humanity. When he died, after three days and three nights God raised him from the dead. Christians across the globe recently celebrated his resurrection, a magnificent triumph over sin, sickness, and even over death itself. The latter part of I Corinthians 15, however, relates the grand finale of the “good news”: the return of Jesus Christ expressed in I Corinthians 15:51-58:

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Many times as I am driving to work or going about my day, I think of God’s good news, as I give myself a morning pep talk and recite an original poem, “Good News Day” to encourage myself in the Lord. I recall a saying I heard while I was on a short-term mission trip in Los Cabos, a beautiful scenic area on the tip of the Baja peninsula of Mexico: “There are no bad days in Cabo.” I smiled as I responded, “There are no bad days in Cabo (or anywhere else for that matter) because the Lord is good, and every day is a “Good News Day.”

In a blog I posted regarding “Disappointment,” I made the following statement:

. . . [T]here is no failure in God, for God is good. The very essence of God is goodness. Indeed, Jesus Christ said, “There is none good but the Father.” And there is no comparative or superlative with God. There are no “better” days with God. God does not have the “best” day He’s had in a long time in comparison to others. With God every day is a “Good News Day” because “God is good.” Period!

Many times in the midst of adverse circumstances when my life is not unfolding as I thought it would, I recall the words from Psalm 118:24, the introduction to “Good News Day,” and I rejoice and celebrate the goodness of God one more time:

Today and every day can be “A Good News Day” poetically expressed in this way:

Good News Day

This is the day the LORD has made;

we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24

 

It’s a good new day

no blues day

new shoes

no way to lose

What a good new day

It’s a great day

I can’t wait day

lift your voice

let’s rejoice

Good God, a good news day

It’s a payday

goin my way day

no nay–all yea

what you say

Such a good news day

It’s a live it up day

overflowin cup day

It’s a bright and bubbly

doubly lovely

Show-nuff good news day

As 2015 continues to unfold, may every day be a “Good News Day.” Howard Payne University School of Music Choir offers the spiritual “Ain’t a That Good News,” a related message of hope:

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