24th December 2019

Good News For Everyone

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’”
Luke 2:10-11 (NIV)

Reading the above scripture a couple of years ago, I was suddenly struck by something I’d never really taken to heart in all the times I’d read it before. The good news of Jesus’ birth as Saviour and Lord is for all the people. That means there is no one this good news isn’t for. Why is it so good? I John 4:9 tells us: “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”

At times down the years I’ve preferred not to make a big deal about Christ’s birth, wanting to avoid much of the commercialism, hype, myth, hedonism and secular influence which has become associated with the Christmas season. Surely Christ’s death was a more important event to commemorate? And yet at the heart of the Christmas story is the good news of the way to life for everyone.

Who is this good news of great joy for?
It’s for the cashier in the supermarket and the barman in the pub
It’s for the greatest President and the most despotic dictator
It’s for the richest tycoon and the poorest slave
It’s for the homeless person freezing on the street
It’s for the child orphaned by a terrorist attack
It’s for the prisoner on death row
It’s for the widow whose spouse died prematurely of cancer
It’s for the drug addicts searching desperately for their next fix
It’s for people of any age, race, gender, height, weight or disability
It’s for the capitalist and the socialist
It’s for the Catholic, the Protestant, the Evangelical, the Coptic and the Pentecostal
It’s for the Hindu, the Muslim, the Sikh, the Buddhist, the pagan, the Jew and the Gentile
It’s for every sinner there’s ever been and will ever be
And that means the good news of Jesus’ coming is for you and me too.

Will we join with the “great company of the heavenly host [that] appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests”? (Luke 2:13-14)

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank you so much for the good news of great joy when you sent your Son into the world. Help us to truly appreciate what it means for us personally, and to be able to share it with others as we have opportunity. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Simon Williams
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About the Author:
Simon Williams is active in the Cambridge Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Cambridge
Comberton Village Hall
Green End
Comberton
CAMBRIDGE
CB23 7DY

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:00 pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Bill Lee
Email: cambridge@wcg.org.uk

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