The Saviour has been born

“ but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” Luke 2:10–11

No Need to Fear

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” Luke 2:9  The shepherds were out on the hillside as usual watching over their sheep when suddenly an angel appeared and the glory of God shone around them. The angel must have been so awesome and it was probably the last thing they expected to happen on a seemingly normal evening. Fear is a common response when unexpected things happen. People are often afraid when they are confronted with things they are not familiar with and so many fears are not based on truth at all. Fear is a big factor in why many never walk through the doors of a church. Some are afraid of rejection and of people judging them. Some might have a wrong view of God and think He is angry and out to get them. Others are afraid of being caught up in religion and fear that the fun will be taken out of their lives.

The Best News Ever

The majority of news stories are bad news stories. With stories on violent crime, turmoil in certain nations and economic downturn.  Anyone constantly only listening to news of that kind could easily get filled with fear and stress. There is so much bad news every day and yet there is always good news that far outweighs the bad if you know where to look. Many overlook the birth of Jesus and see it as a nice story for children but without any real impact on their lives in modern society . Every Christmas we celebrate the best news that mankind has ever received, “a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”(Luke 2:11)

Good News for All
The birth of Jesus is “ good news that will bring great joy to all people” (Luke2:10). The Christmas story that many are familiar with from watching nativity plays is far more than a nice story from long ago with no impact on our lives today.  This good news will cause great joy for anyone who receives it. This little baby in a manger came to bring life, light, joy, freedom, hope, peace, fulfilment and many other wonderful things to all people. No one is left out of this good news everyone is included. This means that whoever you are and whatever you have done you are still able to receive this good news and it can impact your life. Imagine the joy that would fill homes, offices and cities at Christmas if people really understood what the birth of this little baby in Bethlehem really meant.
The Saviour has been Born
At university there was a man who used to stand on the corner with a big sandwich board on with large writing about being saved and things like that written on it. We used to walk past and think “what a weirdo, saved from what anyway”. Many overlook the good news about  the birth of a Saviour because they don’t think they need saving. Jesus saves us from so much! We are saved from man- made religion, from trying earn favour with God and most importantly from death and being disconnected from God. Jesus gives us life instead of death, hope instead of despair, truth instead of confusion. We are saved from ourselves and a life of living for things that are of no eternal significance.
This little baby in the manger is God’s gift to all people. The most wonderful Christmas gift you could ever receive.
Let’s enjoy the gift of our Saviour even more this year and share this good news with those around us as never before.

With our love and prayers

Pastors Phil and Caroline.