Reverend Tina Burgess.........................07909107404
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Do you ever read the news and think, ‘Is this real?’ Do you ever get side-tracked by stories on your newsfeed and think, ‘Where has this come from?’ I must confess that I have recently found myself, once too often, getting distracted with online news articles about royal babies, various celebrities and even one about an interview with a time traveller! With the claims that these so-called news articles make, I find myself saying, ‘How can you know that? Were you there? Were you party to that conversation?’ ‘What is the truth of this story?’
We live in a time when ‘fake-news’ is so much a part of our everyday life that it is difficult to separate it from real news. While we recognise that all news is written from an individual reporter’s perspective, we end up reading between the lines to discern which statements sound like they have just been made up, or what is purely personal opinion or what is actually reported facts. How much of the news can we trust? It is so disappointing to read something which leaves you feeling ‘duped’ because it has no solid basis. Some may even ask if we can believe anything in the news anymore.
But there is one news story that will never fail to disappoint – and that is the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches us that He is the image of the invisible God; that He is from everlasting to everlasting, the same yesterday and today and forever and that his name is a strong tower.
When we read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, we read four differing accounts of the same story.
Eye-witness accounts from four different friends and followers of Christ, written down so that the truth of what happened two thousand years ago could be passed on…written down for our benefit so that in believing in the name of Jesus, we can have forgiveness for all the things we have ever done wrong and are given a new beginning in Christ.
When we are weary of fake news, come to Christ, who is the best news you will ever receive. Nothing else we hear satisfies our longing for what’s true – for who we can trust – for knowing we will never be duped by God. How true are the words of the old hymn, “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.”