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Nov 14, 2022

Election days typically wrap up as ballots are tabulated (for most states!) and results are determined. This usually means that before the clock strikes midnight, candidates usually know their fate. To the person who is defeated, there is a gracious concession speech to deliver. To the victor however, there is a speech of good news.

This good news is a doubling down on all of the promises that were made on the campaign trail; things will change, life will become easier, broken things will be fixed, and there's a bright and glorious future ahead. 

Most of us have heard these good news promises, only to find ourselves let down, or disappointed. But isn't that kind of how life is in general when it comes to people? People are notorious for making good news promises, only to fail on delivery. It happens with bosses, co-workers, business associates and neighbors.

Shockingly, it even happens in our closest of relationships. Think of how many times we've had spouses, friends or family members make big promises of how things are going to get better...only to find the relationship stuck in the same old rut! So much for good news!

Where can we go to find someone who not only provides us with good news, but also delivers on their promise?

Read how the author of the Gospel of Mark describes the beginning of Jesus' ministry campaign: 

"After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” ~ Mark 1:14-15

In some ways, it sounds like your typical politician. "Follow me, I have good news for you!" Is that what Jesus is trying to do? Lure in a crowd to secure their support?

It gets even more interesting as you look at the message Jesus delivers. Read these words Jesus speaks as his ministry begins: 

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” ~ Luke 4:18-19

Those are some pretty audacious claims! Resources for the poor, freedom to the oppressed, and sight for the blind! Jesus grabbed the attention of many on the campaign trail...but did he deliver?

Or were those words just empty promises to garner a vote. Enticing words to tickle the ears of the crowd? Or were they genuine "good news" promises he kept?

Check out episode three of Kingdom Come and take a look at this "Good News" from Jesus and see if it's not only real, but how it can help change the direction of our lives now--and into eternity.