Monday, December 26, 2011

Good News For All the People

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 
Luke 2:8-12

The good news of Jesus Christ coming to earth is for all the people. It was so the night the angel came to the shepherds in the field. It is still so today. No matter your background or education. Whether you're rich or poor, white or a person of color. City slicker or country folk. Young or old. Jesus came for you. He came for me. He came for the world. We live in times of uncertainty. Some days the news is pretty awful. But no matter how bad it gets, we always have the good news of Jesus Christ. He loves us. We can search our whole lives for the kind of love He offers, but we will never find it outside of His arms. The arms that stretched out for His mother, one day stretched out on a cross. For you, for me, for the world. Jesus came as a baby, but He died as an adult --  fully God, fully man. This is the good news of His sacrifice for our sins. But there's more good news. He rose again and lives today to offer salvation to all the people; all who will come to Him and receive the glorious gift He offers -- Himself.

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