But 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
I know most of us are preparing for Thanksgiving, but I am engulfed in our Christmas series called Simply Christmas and today I got lost in reflecting how good the Good News really is! For followers of Jesus, we have heard the greatest news imaginable, have we not?
We know what really happened on the first Christmas. We know that a baby in the manger is the Word of God made flesh, our Creator who became a creature. We know that on Christmas Eve, God became a human being. The One who lay in the arms of a teenage girl is the One who effortlessly spoke the galaxies into their spiraling existence.
We know what was happening in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. We know that in Him a whole new order of existence was breaking into the old broken order. We know that in Him the kingdom of God was breaking in and invading the kingdom of this world.
We know what happened on Good Friday and why, with all the agony and suffering, it was a Good Friday. We know that Jesus was not just another good man who was the victim of an unjust justice system. We know that He was the Lamb of God taking upon Himself the sins of the world and taking upon Himself all the punishment that all the sin of the world justly deserves. We know that on the cross, Jesus entered into face-to-face, hand-to-hand combat with the powers of evil.
We know what really happened three days later on Easter morning. The powers of evil were defeated. Death had met its match! The grave lost its sting! We know that standing outside the grave was the prototype of a new humanity. We know that the door of eternal life had been opened wide and that Jesus is Himself the door.
We know what really happened on Pentecost Sunday. We know that on that day, the church was born, that the ascended Jesus poured out His Spirit, filling His followers with His very life and His Kingdom Authority. Rivers of living water are now available to any and all who would come to Him and drink.
We know that right now, resurrected Jesus sits enthroned in the control center of the universe, reigning as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
We know that one day, any day now, He is going to come again and right everything that’s wrong, revealing Himself as Lord to the whole world and bringing with Him a new forever existence called the City of God.
I know it’s not Christmas time yet, and most of us aren’t ready for Christmas decorations in stores and on Starbucks Christmas cups, but amidst all the terrible news filling our homepages, I wanted to have us reflect on the BEST NEWS EVER!
I look forward to gathering with you as we explore the seventh and final church that Jesus spoke to in our Dear Church series. You won’t want to miss this Sunday. Read up in Revelation 3:14-22 and I hope to see you in one (or more!) of our four gatherings!
I love being your pastor!