I know what Jesus is saying. I say “is” in the present tense. I hear Him.
The questions are these:
- Is He really serious?
- Does He really mean it?
- Is there good news?
There is good news here, I think.
The good news is that Jesus is serious. Jesus does mean it. He came to bring good news of the kingdom of God.
That is it. Good news! Jesus asks me to think differently. I need to change my mind. I need to listen and act. Will I?
- But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust?
- And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted?
- And how can they hear if nobody tells them?
- And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it?
That’s why Scripture exclaims,
A sight to take your breath away!
Grand processions of people
telling all the good things of God!
But not everybody is ready for this, ready to see and hear and act. Isaiah asked what we all ask at one time or another:
- Does anyone care, God?
- Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?
- The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen.
But unless the Messiah’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to. Will I hear the good news of Jesus? Will I tell everyone I know about the good news?