Good news – Great joy for all!
Luke 2:10 (NIV): “But the angel said to them: Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people”.
Christmas reminds us of the most wondrous GIFT we could ever have received – the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It reminds us of our Father God’s never-ending LOVE. It’s the greatest news of light, joy, peace, hope and eternal life!
Let us be determined during this wonderful advent period to:
REMEMBER the goodness, faithfulness and love our Heavenly Father so graciously poured out on us (Psalm 143:5). Let’s take this time to step away from the busyness of our lives and reflect back on the miracles we’ve experienced; the ways in which God has provided for us; how He has protected and cared for us; and how He has led us this year. Let’s worship our Lord for the great work He has done in and through our lives; for the love and friendship of others; for family, community and fellowship. Above all, let’s give thanks and rejoice about the GREATEST GIFT freely received – our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
SPREAD the good news of the gospel. The TRUE LIGHT that gives light to everyone came into the world (John 1:9). His light illuminates our darkness, brokenness and bondage. He came to save us; to forgive us of our sins; and to redeem and restore us into a right relationship with our Heavenly Father. He is the HOPE and JOY of the world! Let’s go out and proclaim the good news to all – let’s sing for joy! Immanuel – God has come to live with us (Matthew 1:23)!
Jesus, we adore You – for You alone are worthy of our praise. We give You all honour and glory! Together with heaven and nature we sing for joy – for You are holy! Our Prince of Peace, Immanuel – our Lord with us! May all the earth shout Your name – our only King forever!