Christmas, Pt. 3

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, Which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:10-11

As we once again enter the Christmas season, I would like to spend the next several days looking at these two verses, which I believe give us the best summary in the entire Bible of just what Christmas is all about.

After telling the shepherds to “Fear not…”, the angel went on to say “I bring you good tidings of great joy…”  The shepherds were coming with good tidings.  They weren’t coming with a message of judgment and chastisement.  Those messages would come, and we have them written down for us in the Bible.  But on this day, it would be “good tidings of great joy.”  The sinless Son of God was coming to die for the sins of the world.  He was coming to be a Saviour for all of mankind.

Proverbs 25:25 says “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.”  In this case, the “far country” could be thought of as Heaven.  That is where the angel came from and that is where the Lord Jesus came from.  This was indeed going to be “good news from a far country.”

The word “gospel” means “good news.”  We have the gospel.  We know the gospel.  We have the same “glad tidings” that the angel was speaking of.  Romans 10:15 speaks of those who know this gospel and who tell others about it:  “And how shall they preach, except they be sent?  as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Let us, in this Christmas season, be thankful that we have received these “good tidings!”

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