“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them..”
The night of Jesus’ birth was probably filled with so much drama. From Mary and Joseph struggling to find accommodation to angels appearing to Shepherds and people visiting the new born baby. It sounds like a scene from a nativity play gone wrong. Yet these things did happen as we read about them in scripture. Yet as busy as it was, the birth of Jesus brought peace, joy and hope to the world. His birth changed the world as we know it. Moreover, Jesus birth demonstrates to us too, that even in the midst of the storms in our lives, even in the commotion of decision making, problem solving and worrying, if Jesus is in the center, He can bring us peace and hope. That holy night, long ago, is the reason why we can call ourselves children of God and inheritors of His peace and blessings.
““but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Saviour – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!””
Joy to the World, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King, Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing. Joy to the earth, the Saviour reigns!
Joy to the world, is one of the most well known Christmas Carols that has been written. Why? Of course it has a catchy melody but the main reason is because it is the Gospel and is Good News! People love to sing about Good News. You can almost imagine the angels gathered around singing this song to the shepherds as they eagerly clung on to their every word, rejoicing that finally the Saviour, the Messiah, the long awaited King had finally been born as foretold by the prophets of old.
Yet the angels didn’t just bring Good News for those who were alive at the time of Jesus’ birth. They bring Good News to us now, with the same message! ‘Jesus, the Son of God, the Saviour of the world, is still alive today, bringing about salvation to all!’ This is great news for us all! For every generation, for every part of history and the future, for young and old, for all people everywhere! There is no discrimination, no judgement, no segregation and certainly no favouritism. The Good News is for all; and YOU are part of it. Indeed, let every heart prepare Him room. Let them receive their King! This Christmas season, we too can be filled with unspeakable joy as we remember the birth of our dear Saviour Jesus Christ, the King of the World, our Champion and Lord!