“But the angle said to them, Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
Two thousand years ago the angels came to some shepherds in the field and gave them this message. When they saw the angels, they were afraid. The angels were told them to not be afraid, that they were bringing great news. That news was that the long-awaited for Messiah had arrived.
That message is still real even today. Many people look out on the world and see trouble and hardships. They do not see much good occurring. Watch the news and all you hear about is wars and killings. It does not look like God is anywhere to be seen.
When Jesus was born, Israel was controlled by the Roman Empire. Things did not look good. It did not look like God was in control or doing anything. Yet, God was at work.
As you celebrate Christmas today, remember why Jesus came to this earth. He came to die for you in order to save you. Not only did He come to save you, He also wants to save everyone in the world.
If you were told that there was a way to live forever, never get sick, and never have sorrow or pain, would it not be the best news you could possibly get? This is what the angels were bringing.
This is great news. It is joyful news. It is good news among all the bad news you see everywhere else.
Christmas is not just about getting and giving presents, although those are good things. It is not just about getting together with family and friends, though, that is good also.
It is about God giving us someone who can save you from your sins. It is about God showing His love to you. It is about God showing He cares for you. It is about the best news the world could ever receive.
Today may have pain and sorrow, but there is a hope for tomorrow. Look forward to the day Jesus either calls you home, or returns to bring you home. Rejoice in the great news you have and tell others about it.
I pray today that you will have great joy in knowing Jesus; that you will have joy in looking forward to the return of Jesus; that you will tell others of this great joy; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.
Merry Christmas! May you know the love and joy of our blessed Savior and Lord Jesus Christ today and everyday!