SHARING THE GOOD NEWS
With social media speed, news travels at the speed of light today. Usually we are informed of bad news sooner than good news. God has hand-picked His news agents who would faithfully share His GOOD NEWS accurately and faithfully. As a physician, Luke pays careful attention to details like this because he was an “eyewitness” and “followed all things closely for some time” (Luke 1:2-3).
God chose “shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night” (2:8), persons who were faithful in their responsibilities and would be faithful in a very important assignment. The angel gave them the message that God wanted them to share, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (2:10). Since this happened at night, they were fearful when the angel appeared to them, that is, until the message he brought filled their hearts with great joy.
What was the heart of this? A Savior was born that day in the city of David (Bethlehem) (2:11). This was the purpose of the Messiah coming to His people Israel. They were hoping for a deliverer from the oppression of Rome, but what they and all mankind needs more than anything is deliverance from the greatest oppression; sin that holds the soul in bondage to eternal judgment. This savior’s name, Jesus, was given because “He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21) – forgiveness and release from bondage!
This message “will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). The shepherds are no longer here, but you and I are. Will we make sure others hear the GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY?
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