It’s always encouraging to get good news as you start the new year. That was my experience on New Years Day this year as I got word that my novel The Soldier Who Killed a King was voted the top book in the biblical fiction category for 2017, by the Christian book service, Interviews and Reviews.
Yes, I was pleased! Winning this award bodes well for book sales as we approach the Lent and Easter season which will commence in mid February.
The book details the events of Passion Week as seen through the eyes of the Roman centurion, Marcus Longinus. He is the centurion who at the foot of the cross made this startling confession about Jesus, “Surely he was the Son of God!” (See Matthew 27:54, NIV.)
What led this hardened soldier to reach such a conclusion?
I think we often underestimate the power of the cross and the heart-gripping story that unfolded there. Paul, the apostle, did not make that mistake. Paul writes: Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:22-24).
The real good news for 2018 isn’t that my book won an award. The true good news is that Jesus suffered and died a wretched death on a wooden cross, so that I can be redeemed and forgiven.
He did the same for you. Do you believe that?
Have you been to the foot of the cross lately? I dare you to go there. Go there and be changed—truly changed. That’s the real power of the cross. And that my friend is absolutely the best news of 2018!
This year I pray that you will fully experience the transformational power of the cross.