Finally, Some Good News For You….

Here’s some good news:

You’re not the good news.

Thank God.

A popular saying amongst Christendom is “You’re the only Jesus some will ever see.”

To which I reply with all sincerity, “Jesus, I hope not.”

If I’m the only Jesus you will ever see, then you’re probably screwed.

I am not exemplary in this life. I struggle and fail daily to live anything like Jesus.  My spiritual walk looks more like a 4-year-old bubble chaser than a flint faced mature disciple.

The gospel is foremost, “news.” A message to be heralded about something that has already happened:

About a perfect God-man who stoops down to the human gutter, gets dirty and involved with our messy lives, dies a death we deserve on a cross, and defeats death for us in a resurrection. My life can’t compete with the perfect Son. And it shouldn’t try. That message is the gospel that changes lives for eternity. Even if we try to live a “sold out” “radical” life for Christ with all our might, our gospel talk will always out pace our gospel walk.

Because the gospel is about the only perfect Man.

Not me.

Him.

Not my story.

His story.

I hope people see Christ and His manifold excellencies in this gospel story.

The church is full of hypocrites and legalism and immorality, some retort. The world needs to see lives changed. Yes. And fortunately this gospel changes lives. But in reality there are only two types of people on this earth: 1. Those who know they’re hypocrites and 2. those who don’t know it yet. Hopefully, the true church endeavors to set up residence with the former group. The Law levels us all, and Christ is the only one strong enough to lift us back up.

In the end, it is not our changed lives that set us apart. Many religions can boast that. It is Jesus. It is the utter uniqueness and ridiculousness of our message. Much to the chagrin of Francis of Assissi, it’s gospel words that do the divine trick (Romans 10:14). It is beholding this gospel of radical grace that spurns us toward any good word or deed.

So take this good news with you today:

“I’m not the good news. Jesus is.”

“We preach not ourselves, but Jesus” (2 Cor 4:5)

Bryan Daniels

8 thoughts on “Finally, Some Good News For You….

  1. Chrystal

    Oh my word. I am reading (and trying to digest) an article from Christianity Today (and also Outreach Magazine) about incarnational Christianity that used that phrase. It explained that this kinda puts the burden of incarnation & revelation on our shoulders. And like you, I know that isn’t always a good thing…actually USUALLY isn’t a good thing. I’m learning more that the Spirit’s job….not ours….is to glorify Jesus & I just hope that I am not getting in the way too much.

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  2. Noel

    A little bit out of topic here … something interesting happened to me the day before yesterday… those of you who have read my blog should know about where I am in my spiritual journey which is not the typical Christian walk… but I downloaded The Bible application in my Kindle and read the daily verse of the day, and it was Phillipians 3:10, and for some strange reason started getting emotional and shed tears. Something similar happened while watching an episode of the miniseries The Bible. I could come up with my own explanation for this, but I was wondering what explanations do any of you blog readers have about this strange reaction. I was not thinking about anything in particular or even praying at all ( I don’t usually pray anymore). I downloaded this application to continue studying Matthew 5. and be able to highlights some verses for future posts. Any thoughts???? Thanks for your time.

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    1. Bryan Daniels Post author

      Just saw this reply Noel! I don’t know for sure what any particular outburst of emotion could be given the uniqueness of any individual person. I have experienced similar spiritual manifestations. And I do believe they are “spiritual.” When the Holy Spirit in us bears a strong witness with a verse some times the only way it can be expressed is through our wordless tears. The Puritans experienced something similar and named it “the gift of holy tears.” Peace and grace sir hope that helps some!

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