for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people...
- Luke 2
The angel brought good news. How good? So good that the response was great joy.
How could the birth of one Child be good news that causes great joy?
- Because Jesus was born, the spiritual darkness which had covered the earth for thousands of years would be rolled away.
- Because Jesus was born, the head of Satan would be bruised (Genesis 3:15), and his days were numbered.
- Because Jesus was born, freedom would be proclaimed to the captives, and the lame would be healed (Luke 4:18).
- Because Jesus was born, salvation would no longer be hidden in types, figures, and shadows, but now, openly, we would see salvation face to face (Colossians 2:16, 17).
- Because Jesus was born, the knowledge of God would no longer be confined to the Jews, but offered to the whole Gentile world.
- Because Jesus was born, the first stone of God's kingdom was set up.
- Because Jesus was born, we could be reconciled to God. Good news of great joy indeed.
Today’s Reflection & Action:
When was the last time you thanked God for His Son and the salvation that He offers? Take time to do that today.
The good news of Jesus' birth causes great joy. By sharing that news, you become an agent of great joy. Pray that God would show you someone today that needs to hear the good news of great joy and when He does, share it.
Paper Sunday is blessed to collaborate with Chris Harper on this Advent Devotional Series.
Chris Harper is a speaker, writer, and disciple-maker. Chris is President of 252Edu, a consulting firm based in Dallas, Texas. Chris serves schools, churches, and non-profits by helping them "grow in wisdom, favor and stature with God and man.”
When not taking ground for King Jesus, you can find Chris on the basketball court playing a pick-up game. Chris is a sneakerhead, an avid reader, and loves a good cheeseburger. You can follow him @252consulting on Instagram.