Top Seller of All Time

What News Source are You Reading From
Written by Alycia Humphrey

If you are like the many households across America you probably have several Bibles in your home. Multiple translations, study guides, resources, and books too. Yet how many of those Bibles are opened on a daily basis?  How many of us truly love to sit and simply read the greatest book of all times?

According to the Guinness World Records as of 1995, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed. What makes this “book” the top selling book of all times? And that doesn’t even include the ones printed and smuggled into restricted nations or our online bible apps that we read from today. The Bible is also the most translated book in human history!

So we know the number one selling book of all times is the Bible, but do we know it is also referred to as “Good News”? Matthew 11:5 "The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor." "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news,
the good news of peace and salvation ,the news that the God of Israel reigns!" Isaiah 52:7 
So what makes this number one selling book of all times “Good News”?  Let’s look a bit deeper into exactly what makes up this book.

The Bible is comprised of 66 chapters written over a period of 1,500 years from 1400 BC to AD 90 by approximately forty men of diverse backgrounds. The Bible has many different literary styles. It’s like a textbook that could be used for each subject in school. History, geography, poetry writing, debate class, drama, sociology, earth science, anthropology and many more. With all this incredible information why is it that it is not enjoyed and read more frequently?

We know that the Bible is the word of God and He inspired these men to write this book. Second Timothy 3:16 tells us that all scripture is God-breathed, so He chose the authors and breathed into them His Good News.  So if it is news what makes it “good” news?  There are all sorts of news sources available to us today? We have newspapers, television, radio, YouTube, Facebook, and magazines, each with their own specific content and subject matter. As the world evolves the endless amount of news resources continues to unfold almost daily with the help of the internet. Nowadays we can get breaking news update alerts within seconds delivered right our phones.  No longer do we have to wait for a journalist to do the research, write, proof, and then publish the article. Media has changed tremendously with the age of technology. So what makes the Good News the most widely distributed news source of all times?

I love that the Bible refers to itself as the Good News, especially in a day and age when there is a vast amount of not-so-good news all around us. We don’t have to spend very much time viewing the current media outlets to see how much devastating news is happening globally and simultaneously. In fact the Good News even tells us that this time would come upon the earth. “See, the day of the Lord is coming —a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger —to make the land desolate and destroy sinners within it. The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the Lord Almighty, in the day of his burning anger.” Isaiah 13:9-13. Luke (which was written by a doctor) also tells us about these current days we are seeing in the news. Jesus says, ”Nation will rise agains nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines, and epidemics in various places, and there will be terrors along with the great signs from heaven.” Luke 21:10-11. You might be asking yourself how can this be considered good news?

 This number one selling book was authored by God and written by at least forty different individuals with a variety of backgrounds. Some of them were fisherman, farmers, tent-makers, priest, singers, musicians, kings, fathers, husbands, some even wrote while in captivity and in prison. The one thing that each of these men had in common when they wrote was the message regarding the Good News —the salvation that is available to all through Christ Jesus. The world’s best selling book is like a letter from God to humanity that speaks of his love for all mankind. He loves us so much that He gave His one and only Son to become the redemption and atonement for our sins, because we live in a fallen world with evil all around us.  And that is why we call the Bible The Good News!  

Yeshua, The Messiah is the Good News. He is the One who brings hope, healing, peace, protection, freedom, restoration, mercy, grace, deliverance and life.  John 10:10 reminds us that He came so that we may have life, and have it abundantly! Now that is GOOD NEWS!! Life more abundantly…over and above, more than is necessary, extraordinary, surpassing, and uncommon. Never in the history books before has any one person ever been able to make a promise like this, have the capability to fulfill it, and bring it to pass.

So, if you are not reading the Good News (which I call a love letter) then I strongly encourage you to begin. All it takes is opening up the best selling book of all times and allowing the words to take hold of your heart. They will begin to guide you each and every day in this journey of life.

I leave you with the words of a popular song:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
A hymn written by Helen Howarth Lemmel. "The Heavenly Vision", also known as "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”

As the days grow darker, the news becomes heavier, and the scriptures are rapidly being fulfilled let us remember He, Jesus, is Good News. 

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