Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Good News and Bad News

In his book Telling the Truth: Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale, Frederick Buechner notes that the Gospel is bad news before it's good news. We must know and understand the severity of our sin before we understand the extravagance of God's grace. We must tremble at Psalm 7:11-13 before we can rest in Psalm 103:8-12.

God is a righteous judge,
and a God who feels indignation every day.
If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword;
he has bent and readied his bow;
he has prepared for him his deadly weapons,
making his arrows fiery shafts (Ps. 7:11-13).

The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us (Ps. 103:8-12).

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