Rather than bringing fear, which would be an appropriate response to the seeing the glory and greatness of God, the Gospel (the Good News) is described by the angels as “great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). It is a message of joy because our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ has arrived to save and reign over people from every walk of life. It is a message of joy because this Savior and Lord is the One who brings peace and acceptance from God himself (v.14) to receive the good news of the Gospel is to understand that, despite our background and sinfulness, God reaches out to us with a loving message of peace. Peace that is available to all who will receive and believe in the One who is worthy of such honor, Jesus Christ, and we are made righteous through faith in Him alone.
Questions for further thought:
1. When you consider the Good News, how do you see your joy increase?
2. Have you believed in and received Jesus Christ and thus become a child of God? Why or why not? (See John 1:12)
Challenge: Christians should be the most deeply satisfied and joyful people on the planet. (Luke 2:10) Ask God to continue filling your heart with a strong joy because of the eternal life purchased and provided by our great Savior, Jesus Christ.
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