The Best News is still the Good News

The biggest news of 2021 is not inflation, Omicron, or Adele’s new album. The biggest news is not Joe Biden, Joe Manchin, or Joe Rogan. The biggest news is not what Harry and Meghan said to Oprah or what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6. The biggest news of this past year is that Jesus is still Lord. The tomb is still empty. And Christ is still coming again. The Snake Crusher has arrived (Genesis 3:15). The star of Jacob has shone (Numbers 24:17). The stump of Jesse has bloomed (Isaiah 11:1). The sun of righteousness has risen with healing in its wings (Malachi 4:2). The one whom Simeon blessed and Anna longed to see can finally be seen. Born of a virgin in the armpit of the Roman Empire, the little child whose coming forth was from of old, from ancient days, is King of kings and our Prince of Peace.

The world is not the same. The news is not the same. And Christians, by God’s grace, are not the same either.


Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church (PCA) in Matthews, N.C., and associate professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte). Prior to the summer of 2017, he pastored at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Mich. Kevin holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and received his Ph.D. in early modern history at the University of Leicester. He is the author of several books, including The Biggest StoryThe Hole in Our HolinessCrazy Busy, and Just Do Something. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have nine children.

From The Good News of Great Joy

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
a poem as lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Source

God’s Omniscience: “Trees” is a poem that gives God the full glory. Kilmer calls the human “fools” because art made by man is just art. It is not is living and functioning like God’s beautiful art of nature. The poem is a proclamation that there is a God. God is seen in nature. In the poem Kilmer says, “A tree that looks at God all day”. This statement declares that nature is a reflection of God and when humans look around them, they may be reminded that God is everywhere and true. A tree can also reflect on God’s creation of men.

Kilmer Biography

Only God can make a tree’ – the fate of Kilmer