The Best News for 2014

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The familiar tune of “Auld Lang Syne” echoed throughout the city streets and over the airwaves last night as the ticking-clock indicated an old year was passing and a new one had just begun:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

The song poses a great question:

As we approach a new year, is it right or not for old times to be forgotten?

Of course, there is much from 2013 that would be good for us all to forget. Some of the broadcasts that littered the websites, newsstands, and kiosks of this past year would be best left in the past.

Disregarding some “news” may be a service to us all.

On the other hand, some old news is such good news that it never grows old. It’s timeless, ageless, eternal, enduring, and everlasting GOOD NEWS. This news we must always remember, and never forget.

The Old News vs. The Good News That Never Grows Old

The best news we have for 2014 is the same as the best news we had in 2013, and it will be the same as the best news we will have for every other year into our future until the end of time:

The best news is still the good news of the gospel of free grace in Christ alone.

This good news tells us that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life for us, that he died a substitutionary death in our place, that he paid the penalty we owed for our sins, and that he rose victoriously from the grave defeating death, and sin, and Satan, in order to secure eternal life for sinners, like us.

That’s the best news for 2014, and it simply doesn’t get any better than this!

Let this good news sink-in through your mind to your heart so that it comforts and strengthens your soul:

  • A perfect life lived for you
  • A substitute who died in your place
  • The penalty paid for your sins
  • Death conquered so that you can live
  • Sin defeated so you can be forgiven
  • Satan vanquished so you can be free
  • Eternal life secured for you
  • This is the good news we have in Jesus, and this good news is what we need to hear every day.

    It never grows old.

    No one can predict what will happen in 2014. But as the dust settles on this past year and we grope our way through the beginnings of a new one, we can be assured of two things because of the good news of the gospel:

    We will fall short of the glory of God, and when we fall short of His glory God will meet us with His grace.

    Moving into a new year, we can forget so much, but let us always, always, always remember Jesus Christ and his gracious disposition toward all who trust in him:

    The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
    he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities (Psalm 103:8;10)

    This gospel of Jesus Christ is incredibly good news. In fact, it’s the best news. And it’s available for all who will trust in Jesus.

    Oh for grace this year (and every year to come) to remember, and never forget, this good news, because it is the best news!

    I'm a husband, father of four, healthcare IT recruiter, pastor and writer. I live in the greater Nashville, TN area where I serve as an elder with Redeeming Grace Church (www.rgcnashville.com).