“Good News of Great Joy” (Luke 2:10)
Many people in the Christian Community use a terms that those out side of the Christian Tradition don’t always understand. One of those terms comes up in the Christmas and Advent season, and that word is Gospel. We don’t always realize that it is their, but it is. In fact the Gospel is the heart of the whole Christmas account in Scripture. The Gospel message was the hope looked for in the history of Israel, and it is the hope we still hold to today.
Paul wrote to the church in Rome he said “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16)
Now I know some of you are saying, ‘how do you get to the Gospel? It’s not even written in the passage in Luke that we read.”
The truth is that it is written in the passage, only it’s worded in a way we understand better. The angel said, “I bring you Good News”. In the original Greek, which the New Testament is written in, the word Gospel means “Good News”. it can be looked at as news or information that brings great joy or happiness.
The entire Bible is really the Gospel, “Good News”, message of God to the whole of humanity. It tells us of a God who cares and loves us from the creation of time. God not only made a world for us to live and be a part of, but continues to sustain this world. Even more we, the human race, were created to have relationship with God. Like many children we have broken the relationship with our Heavenly Father, and our loving Heavenly Father has continued to try to reach out to us. We may often fail and fall into sinful ways, and yet God finds ways to reconnect and to show us love.
The greatest joy is not that we do anything to save ourselves, but that Jesus came to redeem us from our sinful state. God made a way to reconnect in relationship with us. To reconnect His only Son, Jesus had to come and be one of us. Jesus Christ had to bear and take all of our sins upon Him, our sins and our guilt. On the cross Jesus destroyed sins eternal power to separate people from God’s unceasing love. We can forgiven, as John 3:16 reminds us, “that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” And, that is the Greatest News ever.
Keep the “Good News” alive in your hearts and souls today and everyday. Be a part of sharing that “Good News” in everything you do each day.