History is filled with breakthroughs in various fronts of life–breakthroughs that served as really great news for mankind.
Take the case of polio, a deadly diseases during the pre-war era. History shows hundreds of thousands of people got affected and/or killed by this disease, and among the many victims of this was then US president Franklin D. Roosevelt.
But American medical researcher and virologist Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine, which was made available by 1955.
Over 60 years later, the once deadly diseases is said to have been contained if not totally eradicated for a vast part of the world.
That’s great news, indeed!
Google some more great news in history and you’ll see a long, long list that covers various fields, from medicine, sports, arts, politics and more.
Yet, here is a piece of history that mankind should consider as the all-time “greatest news”.
And that happened over 2000 years ago, when an angel of the Lord appeared before two women one Sunday, a few days after Jesus death. The angel broke the news to the women that Jesus, who was arrested, tried and eventually crucified on the cross has resurrected.
Here’s that brief account in Matthew 28:5-7 (NLT):
5 Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. 7 And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”
He is risen from the dead…six powerful words that served as first, a startling, (yet when it finally sankin ) great news for the women, the disciples and yes, to all of mankind.
Why the greatest news? Because Jesus’ resurrection meant total defeat of sin and death.
His resurrection meant we can be a “new creation” in Christ, for in Him and through Him, the “old has gone and the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
His resurrection meant total access to God without some mediator on earth. Jesus said we can all “come to the Father” through Him because He is “the way, the truth and life.”
His resurrection revealed God’s unconditional love for us (John 3:16).
And taking from the angel’s announcement: “He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.” (Matthew 28:5)–this showed that Jesus is faithful and true to His words.