18 Mar Christmas – Good News of Great Joy
It was a cold night. Darkness compassed all around. All activities had ceased. Movements slowed down. All were at rest. The tiny town was asleep. Years ago, the town was in caravan route and was known as the ‘house of bread’. It was also known as ‘city of David’, named after
As the shepherds were awestruck, suddenly a huge heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about. So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. No angel or man ever told them to announce this good news. But they could not conceal the great joy, When they had seen Jesus the Saviour, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about Him, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told.
It was the first Christmas celebrated by the shepherds, angels, heavenly hosts, Joseph & Mary in the midst of
God revealed the significance of Christmas first to the poor and ordinary shepherds. Years later Lord Jesus Himself revealed importance of new birth and purpose of Christ’s birth to a Jewish ruler and well known religious lawyer who secretly came to Him by night in the following words: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. It is not important when or how we celebrate Christmas. It is worthwhile to hear the good-news God intends to declare to us on this occasion. Christmas signifies acts of ‘loving’, ‘giving’ and ‘believing’. The Scripture says “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by
When we love others as Christ loved us, give away to others as Christ gave Himself for us and believe Him to have life more abundantly, our lives will be full of joy. This is the testimony of good news of great joy.
Scripture references: John 3:16, Rom 5:8, Eph 2:4-5, I John 4:9-11, Phil.2:6-8.