Good News All the Way
A blog by Rich Harter
Director of Evangelization
Archdiocese of Milwaukee
“Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received” (Luke 1:1-4).
What’s so good about the “Good News” of Jesus, and what does it have to do with my life? It is precisely these pivotal questions that the Gospel writers intend to answer. Luke’s answer begins to emerge in the first four verses of his Gospel.
Here’s Good News Point One: God has a plan for our lives and Jesus is the fulfillment of that plan. In other words, our lives are part of something and Someone bigger, so they have a God-sized meaning and purpose. And the best way to discover our meaning and purpose is to align our lives with the teachings and actions of Jesus. We align ourselves with God’s fulfillment to find our own fulfillment.
Here’s Good News Point Two: The words and actions of Jesus are timeless certainties upon which we can build our lives. In a world with shifting and competing values and priorities, there is a rock solid foundation to stand upon and a true north compass to navigate by. The eye witnesses have experienced the truth of Jesus and have faithfully handed the sequence of those life-giving events down to us.
Jesus is the good news for God-lovers like Theophilus and for God-seekers like us!