But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Written by: Gina Rock
If you’re not yet solidly in the season of candy canes, jingle bells, and Christmas carols, it’s just a few days away. Maybe your home, like mine, has a few nativity scenes set out as a reminder of what this season is really all about. I like seeing the cast of characters depicted in nativity scenes because it reminds me that Jesus came to save all people.
When the angels came, announcing Jesus’ birth to the shepherds, they didn’t proclaim to have good news that only applied to the religious crowd. They didn’t happen upon the shepherds by accident on their way to someone more important. No, they came to the shepherds on purpose proclaiming “good news of great joy for all people.” They were bringing good news for people as lowly as shepherds, for those with the greatest riches like the kings, for people like you, and for people like me.
Thought of the day: Sometimes we discount ourselves or others by thinking Jesus came to love and save only those more deserving. The very nature of God’s grace is that there is nothing we did to earn it. The good news of Jesus was meant to be shared and we get to help bring it to all people.
Prayer: God, thank You for sending Jesus to save us all. Thank You that we don’t have to be perfect to be loved by You. God, there are so many people in our communities, workplaces, and schools that don’t know You and don’t know that You love them just as they are. Would You give us courage and eyes to see those around us that need to be told the good news? Thank You that we get to be recipients and bearers of the great joy we have in You. Amen.