Posted by: Bob Clark | February 15, 2005

Good News Lost

How sad it is to lose all hope.

A forty three year old man who lived just south of London recently committed suicide. The man had received intensive treatment for testicular cancer. He lost hope and hanged himself. What compounds the sadness of this story is what the patient didn’t know. His cancer treatment was successful – his body was cancer free.

He lost hope and slipped into despair because he never heard the good news. Doctors suspect that because the patient had recently changed doctors, there was a mix-up that resulted in his never getting the all-clear letter. The hope-bringing good news was never communicated.

How sad, even tragic it is when the Good News gets lost.

So many people in this world have lost hope and slipped into despair. They wonder if there is any purpose for their existence and whether they should carry on with their lives. A few choose to end their lives. Many more just continue living a life of hopeless despair. And it’s all so unnecessary.

There is hope. But there has been a mix-up and the word isn’t getting out. Churches get sidetracked arguing with one another over peripheral matters and so never get around to spreading the message of hope. Christians are so busy entertaining one another they forget about those who are despairing for lack of hope. How many people have never heard the Good News? Oh for worship that compels us to take hope to the world (see lyrics below).

Jesus is Good News — spread the hope!

Take to the World
(Recorded by Derek Webb
on his album She Must and Shall go Free — words and music by Aaron Tate)

go in peace to love and to serve
let your ears ring long with what you have heard
and may the bread on your tongue
leave a trail of crumbs
to lead the hungry back to the place that you are from

(chorus)
and take to the world this love, hope and faith
take to the world this rare, relentless grace
and like the three in one
know you must become what you want to save
‘cause that’s still the way
He takes to the world

go, and go far
take light deep in the dark
believe what’s true
He uses all, even you
may the bread on your tongue
leave a trail of crumbs
to lead the hungry back to the place that you are from

(chorus)
and take to the world this love, hope and faith
take to the world this rare, relentless grace
and like the three in one
know you must become what you want to save
‘cause that’s still the way
He takes to the world

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