Real Good News

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: 2 Kings 23:31-25:30; Proverbs 18:22

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
2 Kings 25:27-28 (NKJV)
Now it came to pass in the thirty-seventh year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah … that Evil-Merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he began to reign, released Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison. He spoke kindly to him, and gave him a more prominent seat than those of the kings who were with him in Babylon.

Just when the reader begins to conclude that Israel has been totally forsaken by their God, the book of Kings ends with a twist. For some inexplicable reason, the Babylon king known as Evil sets free the last surviving king of Judah. Was God being kind to Jehoiachin? Perhaps … but the latter was known to be evil and there is no record that he repented. One can only conclude that Jehoiachin‘s release and kingly treatment by the enemy was a pure act of grace by the God of Israel.

It must be tough being God. As a father, He must be loving. But as a father, He must discipline his child too. Christians who fall into sin repeatedly can’t help but wonder – when would be my last chance? When would I be kicked out of the Promise Land, never to return? I would then ask – when would a true father give up on his son or daughter? Never! Can we sin so much that there would not be grace sufficient to cover us? That would be an insult to the Cross of Christ. While this understanding is not an excuse to keep sinning, it is the main reason that Christianity is good news.

Lord, show me the extent of Your love, that I will have no desire to sin anymore.