On that first Christmas night we read that there were angels in the sky proclaiming a heavenly message:
“I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.”
“For unto us a child is born…And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.”(Isaiah 9:6)
What exactly is this great news meant for all of us?
Emmanuel, translating to “God with us”!
Now that is great news! God is always with us.
As we go through our daily routines sometimes we feel our aloneness and feel our emptiness. God has a way of surprising us. If our hearts are open, God has a way of filling us in a way we’d least expect. God will not forget us or abandon us.
Jesus is God’s living promise never to abandon or forget us, but always to be a life giver for us. God can give us life even in the worst and emptiest of times, even when all seems lost if we let go of the inner barriers of despair, anger and distrust. God can open the doors of a new world for us and fill our emptiness full.
God can do all that if we just let him.
So as we celebrate this “great news”, let’s remember the secret that God spoke to us by sending Jesus: “I love you very much. I will always be with you. Take my love and wrap yourself in my constant care. Take my love inside you and day by day the peace you seek will more and more be yours.”
This is God’s word to us – the Good News, the good tidings of great joy! Let’s celebrate….