Good News for All People – Luke 2:8-11
Reading plan for this week: Luke 2:1-21
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:8-11)
Imagine one evening you’re sitting in your den, watching your favorite TV show, and suddenly the doorbell rings. You answer the door, and it’s a messenger from the court. “Summons” is the first word that comes to your mind, but that’s not what happens.
The messenger says to you, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy,” then proceeds to explain to you that a distant but wealthy relative has died, and left you with a significant fortune.
“Friend, rejoice; I have brought you some good news, almost too good to seem true, but true nevertheless. From this day all things in your life may be changed. A will has come to light by which you have inherited a large fortune, and it is right at hand. In fact I have come to bring it to you, together with a message of love and good will from the testator. Everything that money can buy is now yours for the taking.”
What would you do? Would you laugh and slam the door? Would you become skeptical and reject the messenger? Would you tear up the document, and exclaim “I don’t need anything from anyone?”
Probably not. You might at first be shocked, then perhaps a little skeptical that it was a prank, but then you examine the document, recognize it’s validity, and then prepare yourself for a blessing!
When the angels appeared to the shepherds that night, they brought good news, but not only for the shepherds, but for ALL PEOPLE. “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
This Sunday Pastor Wes will be teaching on the birth of Jesus Christ, and as he prepares his message for you, I encourage you to prepare your heart for that message. Prepare to receive the good news that you have been saved from the curse of sin and death.
But even more important, think about someone you know who hasn’t heard this good news, or perhaps hasn’t responded to this good news.
Bring them to church with you, so they too can hear the good news, because as the angel’s said; The good news is for all people.
We can change the world, one life at a time…