Good Tidings of Great Joy!

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…behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people…” Luke 2:10b.

Our world is inundated with reports of murders, terrorism, threats of wars, plagues and natural disasters. And many suffer personal tragedies that strike in a moment. Is it any wonder the masses suffer from depression mixed with intermittent spurts of fleeting happiness? The news media offers a few nibbles of good news at the end of the broadcast like this will give hope?

When Luke penned, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the announcement of good tidings, his world did not differ from the one we live in today. They suffered it all, the same as we do. So, what is it that brings great joy when the world around us is crumbling? Is it really for all people?

“…behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy…”  Angels filled the sky proclaiming the good news to a handful of Jewish shepherds on a hillside. God would fulfill his covenant with His people.

“O Zion, that bringest good tidings…O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength: lift it up, be not afraid, say…Behold your God!—-born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord—He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” (Isa. 40:9; Luke 2:11; Isa. 40:11).

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace: that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation—and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins—that sayeth unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!—And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”(Isa. 52:7; Matt. 1:21; Isa. 52:7; Luke 1:33).

The above scriptures speak to the lost sheep of Israel, a nation waiting for Messiah. But the promise comes through Abraham and the announcement declares…

“…which shall be to all people…” “…and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Gen. 12:3. “For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all the people. A light to lighten the gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” (Luke 2:30-32). “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). “…God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1Tim. 2:3b,4). “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” (Rom. 10:12).

There is only one condition I see in these verses: “…for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.”  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Rom. 10:13.

For those who have called, we know the joy of His salvation. If you do not know the joy of His salvation, make Jesus the one gift you receive this Christmas season.

Praying for the joy of the Lord to reign in each heart.

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