1 Dec 2017

The good news about Christmas for every day of every week

Written by Emma Collett

If you had some really good news to tell, how would you let people know?

On August 19, 2015 I received a text message from my sister with some very good news: her baby girl had finally arrived.

Do you know how I responded at first? Disbelief. It was only when I received photo evidence that I really did believe that this good news was true.

But then disbelief gave way to surprise. I couldn’t believe that the baby we had been praying for and waiting for was finally here!

I shouldn’t have been so surprised though. I mean, for almost 9 months I had known that my sister was going to have a baby. For 4 months I’d known it was going to be a little girl. And for as long as I had known my sister, I had known that if she ever had a baby girl she would name her after my Grandmother and my dear Mum.

And then surprise gave way to excitement. And my goodness was I excited. Do you know what I did with the good news? I rang my Dad and my brothers. I texted a photo to my good friends. I spoke with one of my best friends. And they celebrated with me.

I heard the good news. I believed it. I thanked God. And I told anyone who would listen about the birth of my precious niece.

Responding to the good news

This season is all about remembering that the good news about Christmas is God sent his Son.

Ever since sin entered the world, God’s people had been waiting for the promised King for a very long time (2 Samuel 7:12-13). They were waiting for the good news that he had come into the world.

They shouldn’t have been surprised when he came though, because God had promised he would send his forever King into the world as a baby (Isaiah 9:6-7). And God always keeps his promises.

In the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, we can read about how different people responded to the good news:

  • At first, Mary was troubled and unsure (Luke 1:29).
  • Joseph was worried and wanted to take matters into his own hands (Matthew 1:19).
  • The shepherds were terrified (Luke 2:9).

But for each of them, trouble, uncertainty, worry and fear turned to excitement. They heard the good news, they believed the good news, and they trusted God:

  • Mary rejoiced by singing a song about God’s love, care and provision for his people (Luke 1:46-55).
  • Joseph obeyed God’s command and took Mary as his wife (Matthew 1:24-25).
  • The shepherds went and saw Jesus and then told everyone they saw about the good news (Luke 2:15-20).

Sharing the good news

The good news about Christmas is God sent his Son to save the world from sin,

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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.—John 3:16-17

The angels told the shepherds ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.’—Luke 2:10-11

That’s the good news. Not just for Christmas time. It is for every day of every week, every month of every year, and every decade of every century. It is good news for all time and for all people.

How will you respond to the good news this year? Who will you tell?

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