Headline News and the Good News

by J. Randal Matheny
Check today’s newspaper or your favorite news website, and glance at the headlines. Now how many of these news items will be news tomorrow, next week, or next year? Not many.
The joke is that today’s newspaper is tomorrow’s bird cage lining. Our neighbor piles his newspapers on our doorstep, so we can use them in the doggy corner.
What a contrast with the Good News of Jesus Christ! Since the crucifixion of the Son of God, this gospel has been news. Because it reports the greatest need, the only solution, the universal answer, the timeless desire of every heart.
The Lord’s Supper proclaims the difference between headline news and the Good News. Because the gospel impacts life and eternity. The gospel transforms men into saints and empowers weaklings as soldiers who shake the foundations of hell.
Headline news tells what is past. The Good News reports the history of the cross, shouts the meaning for the moment, and projects the changes God will bring about at the End.
After reading headline news for a few years, one gets the feeling that it’s all a repeat.
Around the Lord’s table we remember that the Good News was a one-time event, never to be repeated, impossible to be cloned.
“By his will we have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10 NET).

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