When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told about this child, Luke 2:17
Interesting or unusual news is something that can spread very rapidly and most people like to hear about. People like to know what is going on, especially things behind the scenes, the unknown quiet stuff.
One of the things people like to hear about is when someone does something unusual or is just unusual and different. Once they hear something unusual, most people will talk about it to everyone else, spreading the information rapidly. With social media on the internet, it will spread around the world within seconds.
Some shepherds were told about the birth of Jesus by some angels. After going and confirming the news, they went out and told everyone about Jesus.
When a person has great news he wants everyone to know about it. He does not hide it in his heart, keeping it to himself and hidden from everyone. The greater the news, the faster one will desire to spread the news.
In today’s society, negative news is common. It is actually very difficult to find positive, good news about anything. The world thrives on bad news, though most people love to hear about something good.
Every believer has some information or news about Jesus. They have been given a revelation of who He is. They have some experience as to who Jesus is and what He can do. The greatest of this information is that Jesus can save a person.
This news is the greatest news in the history of the world. Every believer needs to be like the shepherds and go out and tell what they know about Jesus.
As the shepherds went out, they did not know much, but told what they did know. Believers need to do the same. The world needs to hear the good news.
You, as a believer, have learned some news about Jesus. It may be a lot, if you have been a believer for a long time, or it may be just a little. Either way, you have some news to tell others.
Do not hold the good news to yourself, but go out and share it as much as possible. Use every method possible to spread what you know and have experienced about Jesus. The world needs to hear about Jesus.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will be bold in talking about Jesus; and that many will believe the good news about Jesus.
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story–those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, Psalm 107:2
From ancient times to this day people love to hear stories. They want to hear stories that are real and stories that are not real. These stories can be filled with adventure, love, hate, war, and peace, people love them.
Stories help one person to relate to another. It helps them get a different focus on things in their life. Most stories have some type of moral to them or lesson to be taught.
Recently it is common to hear of people coming out and telling their story of bad things that has occurred in their life at some point. After years of silence they want their story to be heard. Good things are told quickly, while bad things sometimes are hidden for a time.
The author of this psalm encourages those who are redeemed to tell their story. The story is one about how God had redeemed them. Specifically it is about how the Israelites were redeemed from the enemy and released from bondage.
Every believer has been redeemed from the enemy. The enemy is bondage to Satan, sin and death. A person was bound to sin and death and was unable to break free without the work of Jesus Christ.
Being redeemed from death and given eternal life is the greatest story that anyone could ever have to tell. This is a story of war, battle, love, hate, treachery, betrayal, honor, glory, and victory. The greatest thing about this story is that it is truth. And every person has a different story of redemption to tell.
This telling of a person’s personal story is being a witness. It is telling others what Jesus Christ has done and can do for them.
Just like all the people in the bible, you have a story to tell. You had a time you were held in bondage to sin and death. At some point you had chosen to follow and believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior. This is where Jesus redeemed you and bought you back for God.
You have been blessed with forgiveness and eternal life.
There is someone out there that needs to hear your story. They need the encouragement that they can have life and a release from bondage.
Be willing to go out and share your story. Tell others of what God has done for you. Be His witness today.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others of what God has done for you; that you will share your testimony to every one you meet; and that you will be a witness for Jesus to this world.
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15
When Jesus was around thirty years old He began His ministry. The first things He started to say was that the time had come, the kingdom of God was near and that there was good news to believe.
Everyone loves to hear good news. Watching the news on television very seldom shows good news. It is usually news about things that went bad: people in trouble, scandals, wrecks, killing, theft, divorce, violence, death, and wars. News is usually depressing.
The reason most news is negative is because of sin in this world. The majority of this world lives according the ways of the devil. They live in sin, which is always negative. So, when good news is heard, it is usually a breath of fresh air. Often people are amazed at the good news, yet, most news is still negative.
Today is no different than in the days Jesus walked on the earth and said these words. The world was living in sin and most news was depressing, negative news. He was bringing some good news.
The first is that God’s kingdom was near. God was revealing Himself even more to the people. Now God was going to live in each and every believer. He was going to start speaking directly to the people, rather than just through a high priest or prophet. God was bringing heaven down to earth. The door between Him and man was being opened.
The other good news was that a person could repent of sins, believe and he would be saved. In the Old Testament, under the Law, there were a lot of rules to follow and sacrifices to do. If any part of it was missed, there was only death and punishment to look forward to.
When Jesus came, He paid the full price and offered forgiveness. All one has to do is repent and believe in Him.
This is GREAT news! This is news that needs to be shouted out loud across the nations.
You have this inside scoop on this great news. Take time to spread that good news. Tell people about Jesus and what He has done for them.
The world is looking for some good news, you have it, will you tell them?
I pray today that you will believe in Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all your sins and accept His forgiveness; and that you will tell the world the good news of Jesus.