Read Mark 1
“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10–11, ESV)
Years ago, as Chaplin of a police department, I was driving around with an officer who had just lost his daughter. It was Christmas time. As we were together there in the car I was thinking about this verse and silently praying, “God you have got to be kidding me – good news of great joy! What is that all about? This man just lost his daughter. How do I minister hope to him?” I actually found myself shaken a little in my faith as the reality of this officer’s loss struck me. Then God gently impressed on me to finish the verse. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior… A savior from what? Sin and death.
Because of sin, we live in a world where there is great pain and loss. No single person is exempt from this reality. Earth quakes strike the rich as well as the poor. Young men and women from all walks of life die in war. Cancer can ravage a body of a king as well as a peasant.
But God gave us a savior! He sent His only Son into the world to deal with sin and death. There is hope in Christ Jesus, and we get to be the ones who cry out, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy,” to those who suffer.
I can honestly say I never fully understood the Gospel until that day when, with that suffering father, God gave me a message of hope to share. Will you share the Gospel with someone today?
“but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.”” (Luke 4:43, ESV)