by Rob Dunne
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:31-33.
I try very hard not to read or watch the news. To a certain extent, I believe the media intentionally fills its headlines with bad news. The result is that we as consumers of media are in a constant state of fear or anxiety. News can give us a sense of hopelessness.
Two thousand years ago, God sent the angel Gabriel to give Mary and the world some good news. When Gabriel first appeared to Mary, she responded in fear. Unlike the fear that we may experience when watching the news, this fear was warranted. Imagine what it would be like for a supernatural being like an angel to appear in your room. Mary was justified in her initial response.
Gabriel addressed her fears by telling Mary that she had found favor with God. He went on to tell her that she was going to be the mother of Jesus, the Son of God. This was an assignment that Mary willingly accepted, in spite of the fact that she might be persecuted or stoned to death for getting pregnant outside of wedlock.
Christmas is upon us. It allows us to reflect upon the birth of Jesus and the impact that had upon mankind. In Jesus, we have a Savior who knows the daily difficulties we face. He got hungry, tired and used the bathroom just like we do. He laughed when something funny happened and cried upon the death of His good friend Lazarus.
Jesus showed us a new way of living. From the beatitudes to the example He set on a daily basis, Jesus modeled how life was meant to be lived. Jesus was fully surrendered to His heavenly Father and did everything that was asked of Him. That was demonstrated in His kindness, compassion, love, mercy and giving. In other words, He lived like we would if sin wasn’t a factor in our lives.
Jesus paid the ultimate price so that our relationship with God the Father might be restored. Sin separates us from God. It was clear that we could do nothing in our own strength to restore our relationship with God. Only He could solve the problem that was sin. Jesus became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God. That sacrifice made it possible for us to be in relationship with God the Father.
The good news shared with Mary over two thousand years ago is ours to share now. Mary carried the physical Jesus in her womb for nine months. What she didn’t realize is that a day was coming when every believer would carry the Spirit of God within them. That Spirit is what enables us to share our story of redemption with others. We have the privilege of telling others about Jesus and how He has changed our lives.
More than any other time of the year, I believe that people are open to hearing the good news about Jesus at Christmas. As December 25th approaches, ask the Holy Spirit to give you divine appointments with people who are in need of good news. Let His Presence within you give you the strength and courage to share the awesome things God has done for you. After all, you don’t need to be an angel to have a message of good news!