What is the best news you have ever heard?

Over 200 people were innocently killed in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. My heart is broken with everyone who lost a loved one. It was a devastating, hate filled attack on people who came together to celebrate the Good News of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Soon after the terror attack, I noticed Christian blogs and social media feeds cry in frustration out about the world's silence on the violence against Christians. What are your thoughts on this apparent silence by the world? Comparisons and accusations were flying against the unfairness of the world for not speaking equally (according to their expectations) about these brutal terrorist attacks. Yes, it is unfair, but is this not expected?


What is the best news you have ever heard? 


The best news of the gospel is summarised in Jesus' teaching in Mark 8: 31. "He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law and that he must be killed and after three days rise again." How can this be the best news ever? Even Peter took Jesus aside and rebuked him on this. Suffer, rejection, killed, great news? Join us over the next seven weeks as we discover how this teaching of Jesus is the best news ever! How this news brings a new enthusiasm to the church, who accepts the call. How this suffering brings about glory! 


What is the best news you have ever heard?


It is to know that we can, along with Paul and these victims, consider our present sufferings not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Peter states it like this: "even if you should suffer for what is right, you will be blessed. Do not fear what they fear. Do not compare with the same benchmark they compare use.


What is the best news I have ever heard? 


To me, it's a reminder that God is sovereign and that nothing, nothing can steal us away from his arms, and nothing, nothing happens outside his sovereign will. Not this event. Or the killing in Christchurch. Or the death on the Cross. Of the Cross, Isaiah 53 prophesied: "Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer."


When I read of this horror, I am comforted by Jesus's words of Psalm 22 on the Cross: "it is done!" 

Renier Van Der Klashorst