Read Luke 1:26-33
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”
— Luke 2:10 (NIV)
While working a crossword puzzle from the newspaper, I saw that many answers were Christmas greetings heard in cities around the world. I knew the holiday wishes for Manchester (Merry Christmas) and Madrid (Feliz Navidad), but I had to look up the greetings for Oslo (Gledelig Jul), Oahu (Mele Kalikimaka), Paris (Joyeux Noël), Rome (Buon Natale), and Seoul (Chook Sung Tan). The very first Christmas greeting came from an angel: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). The angel shared this news with some shepherds. Initially these night-shift workers were terrified but eventually calmed down. They went to Bethlehem, found the baby and his parents, and went back to work “glorifying and praising God” (Luke 2:20). As the holiday greetings in the crossword puzzle show, the angel’s message has gone around the world. We join with countless believers throughout the world in rejoicing, as did the shepherds, over the good news of God’s coming to us. Read more from Greg on The Upper Room blog today.
Thought for the Day: The good news of Christ’s birth is the greatest news the world has ever received.
Prayer: O God, help us to join the angels and other believers in proclaiming to the world the good news of your love. Amen.
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