The bad news is that nothing lasts forever; the good news is that nothing lasts forever
Every morning while getting ready for work and every evening when I get home from work, I have to watch the news. It’s habitual and something I’d have to say that I picked up from my father growing up. I’m not even sure why I continue to watch the news. It’s draining. It’s depressing. It’s embarrassing. It’s sad. It’s disappointing. I’ts appalling. Sometimes it’s even misleading. In times like today, it’s becoming very rare to find anything inspirational or uplifting on the daily news.
Then you have social media, a way for even more bad news to reach the masses. You can find depressing and sometimes horrifying videos that they don’t or cant even show on the news. They circulate across the media waves, showing up in your news feeds multiple times a day. Fortunately, there are some really heartwarming videos and you can find some inspirational posts, but so many times I see the bad news getting more attention than the good and I wonder why that is. I believe that we’ve become desensitized to violence and sadness through all of the access we have to see it and re-see it over and over again.
Lately, we’ve been fed the worst of the worst news. “This many people have died from Covid-19.” “This is the expected number of deaths in ‘this’ amount of time.” “This pandemic will last this long.” “This many people are unemployed.” “This many child abuse cases have been reported as a result of the stay at home restrictions.” “This many domestic violence cases have been reported during the pandemic.” “These businesses have been forced to close.” And it just goes on and on. I mean, if you already suffered from anxiety or depression before the pandemic, PLEASE LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU SPEND ON ANY NEWS MEDIA OUTLET AND SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS!!
Everyday is a battle to stay uplifted and encouraged – to not worry and stay positive. Bad news, sad news, and even more bad news. But, the good news is – the bad news doesn’t last forever! This pandemic will subside and our lives will return as close to normal as possible. We will once again be able to freely interact with one another, to work, to go to school, to attend church and to live and breathe without fear of contamination!
Today is Good Friday! The day when Christians observe the commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The remembrance of the day that Christ willingly chose to suffer for us and die for us on the cross, sacrificing his life for our sins. What makes this a good Friday though, when you think about what really happened in the physical sense? Technically it should be “Bad Friday” right? Well, my friends, it’s good because even though cruel and terrible, Christ’s suffering and death was the climatic point of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.
The bad news was that we stood to face condemnation for our sinful conditions. Without the death, the burial and the resurrection of Christ, there was no hope for us, nor forgiveness, nor salvation to be poured out over the nations. There would be no redeeming from the bondage that the world was doomed to faced.
But, the good news is – the bad news doesn’t last forever. The Cross is the GOOD news! The cross is where the converging of great suffering and God’s forgiveness takes place. The place where divine forgiveness is received, along with mercy and peace because of the willful, sacrificial act that Jesus chose to complete. In our celebration of Good Friday, we remember the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross – giving us good news when we were faced with the bad. Good Friday led to the resurrection of Christ, our salvation, and the beginning of God’s reign of righteousness and peace.
Today, remember the good news of the Cross! “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:56-57
And, in these trying times, remember that the bad news doesn’t last forever. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)