Bible Verse: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” Luke 2:10
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-20
We don’t know much about those folks who had that incredible angelic visitation over two thousand years ago. We don’t know if they were low-class or outcasts or type-casted.
We only know that they were shepherds keeping watch over their flocks of sheep at night. They were away from home. They were taking care of their own business.
When all of a sudden, their business was not the business of the night. The sky was filled with angels. The promised Child had been born, and the shepherds were the first to be told about it.
They were completely astounded at this good news. They were amazed at how it had been given and would be even more amazed if the news should prove to be true. When they found the Christ-child and His parents, they were filled with rejoicing. They couldn’t keep it to themselves; they had to tell everyone they could.
I can think of good news that I have received in the past. When Jennifer said “yes” to my marriage proposal, that was good news. When our first child arrived into the world, and the doctor announced, “It’s a girl,” that was good news. When I found out that my wife would be able to donate her kidney to me, that was good news.
Each time, I was elated. Each time, I was filled with joy.
I didn’t have to choose to be joyful in those moments; I was overcome with joy!
The greatest news, though, is that Jesus has come to us. His coming means that we can have the hope of forgiveness, of eternal life, of always knowing that Immanuel, God with us, is near.
This news rings out around us all the time. If we tune in, we will hear it like the Christmas songs on the radio.
We can constantly be filled with joy because this good news will never end.
So, listen carefully. Listen candidly. Listen continually.
And let that good news bring you joy.
Prayer: Lord, it doesn’t take much effort to come across negative news in our world. We hear bad news all the time. You have wired us to long for good news and to be overcome with joy at such news. So, help us to hear, to really hear, the good news of Your presence amongst us. You were born, You lived, You died, and then You rose again. You are alive now! You have purchased our salvation on a cruel cross. We will spend eternity with You. That is incredible news. Help us to remember this news. Help us share this good news with as many people as possible so that Your joy can be fully expressed in our hearts and theirs.
Reflection: What is some of the best news that you have received in your life? Was it easy to share that news with others? What might keep you from sharing the incredible news of Jesus with those around you?
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