There are many things we could say about the “good news” of Jesus. There are layers and layers of this good news that bring us into a life we’ve never imagined for ourselves or even realized we needed like our own next breath.
But today I want to focus on just one aspect of that good news.
John the Baptist, when telling the people to prepare themselves for God-in-the-flesh who was coming to earth among them, said:
Every ditch will be filled in,
Every bump smoothed out,
The detours straightened out,
All the ruts paved over.
— Luke 3:5
I have experienced this good news of Jesus.
When I began to know Jesus in a real and intimate way, I could look back on the terrain of my life and see ruts and jagged edges and huge ditches and potholes littered throughout the whole of it. My life’s history was pockmarked with brokenness.
I was broken, and so was my history.
In my life with Jesus, he has been about the work of filling in those ditches, of smoothing those sharp edges, of filling in all of those potholes. He has been smoothing and filling the back road of my life.
And do you know what he’s been filling it with? Himself.
Do you have ditches and potholes and detours and drop-off edges in your own life’s history? Do you want to experience the good news that Jesus brings to you and those places?