A Good Thing - June 6, 2010

Day 6 ThemeThe Gospel Message

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country - Proverbs 25:25

Nothing refreshes a thirsty person like a drink of cold water. The comparison is made between this delightful experience of receiving a cold drink in a time of great need and receiving good news from a far country. The gospel is indeed the message of good news and it refreshes the soul who is burdened with sin.

What good news to hear that Jesus is "the friend of sinners." His enemies thought to condemn Him when they made that declaration but in fact they spoke the truth. Jesus, of course, did not approve of the sinner's course of action or downplay the seriousness of their offense but He came to save them from their sin. It was not for the righteous that Jesus died but sinners. What hope! What cheering news!

The pain of a heart broken with a sense of sin is hard to bear. Under deep conviction a sinner may come near the point of feeling there is no hope. But to hear that Christ died for the ungodly, that it is not human works or merit that brings salvation but that it is all by grace through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ, is a message he is ready to receive with joy.

If you are thirsty, come and drink freely. Remember this good news of the gospel is from a far country — from heaven itself. You can rely on it. Embrace the good news and you will find refreshment that nothing else can bring.

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