“… behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”
— Luke 2:10
When I was a boy, a radio network news announcer named Gabriel Heater began his program every night with the same words: “There’s good news tonight.” I have always remembered those words. I don’t remember what good news he shared, but don’t those words themselves communicate a sense of hope?
I can’t think of any news commentator today who would have the nerve to begin his or her program that way. Watching the news the other day, I saw one disaster after another in unremitting repetition. It seems we rarely have good news anymore.
But thank God that we as Christians celebrate the greatest news the world has ever heard. God predicted this good news when He said that the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15). He promised this good news to the patriarchs, “And in thy seed shall all nations of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 28:14).
And at long last, God fulfilled His promise. He came to earth. From His palace of crystal and gold, God rose from His golden throne and stepped into the world, born as a baby. What a wondrous day that was. And the angel declared the good news.
To appreciate the significance of this good news, we need to go back to the Garden of Eden when Satan first conquered the human will and brought humankind into bondage to himself. Through that devilish deceit, sin entered the world, and it has blighted the earth ever since. Sin extinguished God’s light in the human soul.
The Devil still tells us lies. He tells us that Christianity is some sort of wet blanket thrown over what the world offers. But the fun of the world is fleeting and passing at best. In contrast, Christ gives an everlasting joy that wells up within the hearts of believers. Christianity is not only good news, it’s the greatest news the world will ever hear.
Today, thank God for the good news we celebrate at this time of year, and share it with those around you who need to hear it.