Joining Kate Motaung and other members of the encouraging Five Minute Friday community, for our weekly writing adventure. To find out more about Five Minute Friday click here. This week’s prompt is “News.”
You may have had the experience of being told, “I have good news and I have bad news. Which do you want to hear first?” The disciples experienced a version of this during the conversation Jesus had with them, as He prepared them for his death, resurrection, and ascension, and what they would experience when He was no longer with them.
Here are some of His words during that time, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
We see other examples of this “good news/bad news” experience in the Bible. For example, in Isaiah 43:2-3, God makes it clear that we will go through difficult seasons in life, represented in these verses by “waters,” “rivers,” and “fire” (bad news). The good news is that He is with us and these seasons will not destroy us. Whatever bad news we receive, we can rest assured and be comforted that He always has good news for us.