“Start spreadin’ the news!” That’s how the song “New York, New York” begins. I love New York. It’s near and dear to my heart. Between growing up in New York state and different moves back and forth, New York was my home state for more than thirty-five years of my life. Now we’re just a quick and easy train ride away from NYC – a sweet gift to us since our grown children currently live there! Good news for us anyway!
Our God has given us some amazing, life-giving news to spread! Some news about which we should not keep silent.
I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD.
I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly.
Our God has given us news to spread to all people everywhere! We are to proclaim it! Open our lips and tell it! We are to shine with God’s righteousness given to us! We are to speak of God’s faithfulness and salvation, His love and His truth! We are to spread God’s good news!
We are to be ambassadors of Christ, spreading God’s powerful message of reconciliation, forgiveness and freedom offered to us through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus.
God reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
not counting men’s sins against them.
And God has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore
Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us,
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
1 Corinthians 5:18-21
Preach the Word;
be prepared in season and out of season;
correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.
2 Timothy 4:2
“Go, stand in the temple courts,” the angel of the Lord said,
“and tell the people the full message of this new life.”
All people everywhere need to know the love, grace, truth, faithfulness, hope and salvation of our Holy God! Everyone everywhere needs to know the full message of this new life in Jesus – God’s Holy Son, our Messiah, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Start spreadin’ the news!
In love, peace and purposeful passion,