Joy because of Good News - Luke 2:10-11
Don’t we all like Good News? We recently had good news in our family; we had two new baby boys born to precious cousins. Now they will have someone so very close to them to love on and to relate to the rest of their lives. New babies bring great joy. That was the way it was for the shepherds too. The angel said to them that the “Good News” of the coming of the new baby born in Bethlehem was the news of the fulfillment of prophecy of the Messiah, the child sent from God, that all the Jewish nation had been waiting for throughout the generations.
Not only was He the Christ, the Messiah, but He was born right close by where they could actually go and see Him in person. This “Good News” wasn’t just a message sent to them and they would then go about their lives, No! These men would be the first to be told of the glorious news of the greatest person ever to be born and they could actual go and see this child lying in a manger. They were now a part of the greatest event ever to happen in the history of this small insignificant planet. Notice the angel said that this child was born “unto you.” What does that mean? When God, long time before the world was made, planned the birth of the Christ Child, He made it clear that not just the shepherds were to be given the blessing of the infant lowly but His birth was for all people everywhere. Joy will be the result!
Why would this “Good News” bring joy to all? From Genesis 3 until the birth of the Savior sin had dominated the world and only the Jews had the rituals to relate to the God of Creation. Now, for everyone on earth, God has made it possible for them to have a personal relationship with the Almighty God with full forgiveness of their sin through God’s Son that was given as a gift to this world. He, this Baby, would grow into a Man full of grace and truth (John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”) This Messiah would save His people from their sin (Matthew 1:21, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”)
But hear what the angel said, I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” v. 10 In reality, Jesus came not only for His own people the Jews, but He came for ALL people and the purpose was to have ALL people to know their God and Creator, in a personal way through the Son of God who lived as a man and then died on a cross for ALL people and for ALL their sin and then He was buried, and on the third day He arose from the dead to live forevermore in heaven.
*The Lord Jesus Christ is ready today to save you from your sin.
*He is ready to renew your broken relationship with Him because of your sin.
*He is ready today to bring you into the family of God for a new and fresh fellowship that only comes to them who know Christ as Savior and Lord.