Most people like good stories but everyone likes to have a bit of good news. I remember when our sons were born. One of the first things we wanted to do was contact people and tell them the good news, the child was born! The baby is so tall, and weighs so much, and has a full head of hair. When we get a new job we want to share the excitement that comes with it. When a couple goes from dating to being engaged, the next few hours entail franticly calling people and telling them the good news!
This past Wednesday night in the Youth and Family Class, we covered Mark chapter 5:1-20. In this passage Jesus climbs out of the boat when he comes ashore and is met by a man who came out from the tombs to greet Jesus. This man is possessed by an evil spirit. (v2) There is a lot more to the story, intact the man is consumed by a legion of evil spirits, or about five to six thousand of them. We find out that even chains couldn’t hold this man down. He was powerless to the evil spirits. Luckily for this man, Jesus is more powerful than these spirits. Jesus sends the evil spirits off to a herd of 2,000 pigs who then plunge down the side of a steep hillside. Great day for the man with the evil spirits, not so much for the owner of the pigs.
As the story comes to a close, Jesus is getting back into the boat and the formerly demon possessed man is begging to go with him (v18). Jesus gives him some other directions however. Verse 19 says, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” The man starts off and tells everyone about the good news that has just happened.
This man had some great news! He witnessed Jesus doing this great miracle and shared the news with everyone so that they too could also know about it. The awesome thing about this is that we also have Good News that we can share with people, The Gospel. We have a responsibility and a duty to share the Good News with the people all around us. We see the stories that Jesus has left for us and the example that he is. But there is also the Good News all the things that Jesus is for us. We have a job to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
I don’t know what your week looks like this week, but I want to challenge you and us as a church to spread the Good News this week. I hope that you find an opportunity to share the Good News with one different person each and every day. If the average church attendance told one person about the Good News today it would be around 125 people. If we all do that for a week then that’s 875 people. If we do that for a whole year then we have told approximately 45,500 people. Think of all of the lives that can hear the Good News if we take the time to share it! We all like having some good news to share and Jesus has given us plenty of Good News. Go share the Good News this week!