Has anybody ever picked up one of these? It’s a newspaper, isn’t it? Probably not your favorite thing in the world to read, unless you read the comics. But newspapers are very important. Every day, millions of people pick up the paper to learn what’s going on in the world. The first section is usually full of big, important news like what’s going on in America and the world. Then there’s state news, local news, weather, dining, entertainment, and sports. Everything a person might want to know about their world and their community, newly printed and updated every day.
You know, newspapers have been around a long time. Back before television, radio, and the Internet, the newspaper was the ONLY way to find out what was happening in the world. And newspaper companies would hire kids like you, called “newsies,” to stand on the corner. The kids would shout out: “Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” to get people’s attention. There was news to be read.
This newspaper reminds me of some very important news we need to share: the good news of Jesus Christ. You know the story of Jesus is over 2000 years old, but it’s still new today. Why? Because Jesus keeps on changing people’s lives. And even though we have the printed word of God that never changes, Jesus wants us to tell his good news on every corner, in every town.
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gave us the Great Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Remember, when it comes to the good news of Jesus, we are God’s “newsies.” Let us tell the good news until everyone has heard.