Have you ever been really down and the phone rings and it’s some good news? All of a sudden, even for a moment, your spirits are lifted. You’ve just experienced the power that good news has when it brings joy into our lives.
It’s the kind of thing that happened to the Shepherds on the first Christmas. In Luke 2:10 we read, 'But the angel said to them, do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people'. his message was not only for the shepherds but also for everyone and that includes you. They were just out there watching their flock, a pretty boring job especially at night. All of a sudden into that ordinary routine God brought them a message of joy just like He wants to do for us this Christmas.
What’s the good news? That Jesus came from Heaven to Earth to make a difference in our lives.
You may have heard that the first four books of The New Testament are the Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The word 'Gospel' just means 'Good News'. That’s all it’s saying. This is the good news about Jesus that Matthew told and Mark told. The good news is a story of what Jesus came to do. The good news is the fact that Jesus Christ came to this earth to tell us that God loves us. The good news is that God offers forgiveness for the wrong things that we have done and a new sense of direction in our lives. The good news is that God cares about the struggles we face and the fears that we have. The good news is that God has invited you to have a relationship with Him.
Christmas is a time that most of us enjoy. Statistics say that for 75% of us it’s our favourite time of the year. Yet, its just a season. The good news is that we can find true peace when we surrender to the one called 'The Prince of Peace' and whatever season of life we face know that God truly loves and cares about us.
Neil Cameron is a businessman and the Senior Leader of Apex Church in Peterhead, Scotland.