The Good News of Joy

Humanity searches for a life that is better. We yearn to know the powerful life that is beyond our reach, longing for something that we can’t create ourselves.

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.” (Luke 2:10, ESV)

God invaded the ordinary night in Palestine with “good news.” When God’s messenger came to the shepherds, he announced the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior. In coming to the shepherds, God was speaking to everyday people. He spoke, not merely to family, but to those who were typical people living in the world. And God introduced joy to them and to the world on that starry night in the fields outside Bethlehem.

Like the shepherds, we can become wrapped in fear, but the resounding word from God for us is, “Do not be afraid.” God’s Rescuer is for us! This is God’s great message to humanity in the birth of Jesus Christ. No obstacle stands before the Savior who has come. He has conquered death itself, and if Jesus Christ can defeat our deepest fear of death, then, make no mistake, He can conquer our daily fears that rock our soul. The Savior has come! Fear fades in the face of our Victorious King Jesus!

The Lord is now with us! The angel declared that the baby born in Bethlehem was Savior, something that was readily accepted when thinking of the birth of the Messiah. But the angel also said that the baby is the Lord. God Himself has come, and the sky fills with the special choir of angels who attend the throne of God, and they begin to sing for joy over God’s work of grace.

So, join with the chorus of the heavenly host and sing praise to God. The song of Christmas is joy, for God’s good news of peace and pleasure overwhelm the dreary landscape of an ordinary life. Through Jesus, we have peace with God as His pleasure transforms our ordinary into the extraordinary.

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