by Sian Huey

A couple of years ago, I scribbled on my Google Keep (where I jot down my random thoughts) an idea for a play that I thought would be fun to produce some day. I titled it “Good News!” and the simple plot line went like this:

It was an unprecedented time in the good land of Malaysia… the unrest was palpable. A people who used to be prosperous and harmonious have grown increasingly dissatisfied and polarised; many were poor and oppressed, even though their forefathers owned land. The government of the day was self-serving, giving an inch and taking a yard wherever they could. New taxes were being imposed, racial discrimination grew and young ones were leaving the country in search of greener pastures. On the night of the national elections, everyone went to bed with bated breath, as they looked forward to greeting the dawn with news – either of triumph or despair. As the morning came, the papers flew across pavements and lawns and the headlines read “PARTI RAKYAT TERPILIH MENANG!”

I never came around to developing the play further, but I imagined it to be a musical with scenes of singing in the streets, waving of party flags, honking and giving thumbs-up to fellow motorists. Families would sit at the dining table and tell the children about the ‘good fight’. On May 9th of this year, I saw these scenes come to life in Malaysia with my very own eyes! Stories of victory and delight were being shared on social media and news of a new government spread like wildfire.

I often think back to another historic night… the night before Jesus’ resurrection – the moment of reckoning for the disciples. What must they have felt as they waited in trepidation? If Jesus rose again, then all that they had to give up to follow Him would be worth it. If he didn’t, all was lost and they go back to a life of hopelessness, resentment and waiting for Israel’s deliverance. Then on the third day after Jesus was buried, the disciples were told the news – “He has risen!”. Oh, what great joy! What victory! Their lives now meant something – they were no longer a cog in the giant Roman machinery. Their history and life story now had significance, purpose and meaning!

Jesus signposted the arrival of a new government when He began his ministry saying “The Kingdom of God is near!” When He died and rose again, the Bible says that all authority on heaven and earth was given to Him. Earthlings, we have a new king! It is now our job to get this news out and help people to know our Lord, and praise God for saving us from the tyranny of sin.

We are to be the witnesses, the historians, the story tellers, the journalists, the poets, the playmakers, the actors, the newscasters for our Lord and our King, telling of His great works through any means we can.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10):

We have been chosen to represent our King’s manifesto. We are the ones He elected to declare His praises to the rest of the world. May we be faithful to our call and duty. May He give us joy as we tell of His glorious deeds!