Good news is not popular with the media - it does not sell newspapers. However we all like good news. It is especially welcome after a period of difficulty and is a panacea to doom and gloom.
The Children of Israel were going through one of their regular “bad patches” (v1-2) when Isaiah brought them some exceedingly good news (v6-7). A child was to be born - speaking of his humanity and entry into our time. A Son was to be given, indicating his divinity and eternity - certainly this was a cause for rejoicing (v3-5).
The Gospel (the good news) is the most wonderful, timeless message of God’s love for a lost and dying world. The miraculous birth, sacrificial death, glorious resurrection and, soon-to-be, triumphant return of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the best news anyone can ever hear.
No matter what kind of year we may have had or what problems we face we need to look up. The future is entirely glorious. God has promised it in His Son and He always keeps His word. The best is yet to be!
David and Rosemary Vardy