A local Dallas television station shares a daily segment on its morning show titled, “Tell us something good.” Amid the constant barrage of stories of scandal, sexual immorality, murder, cheating, stealing and slander, this feature focuses on the good news happening in the community. We all need to hear good news.
Two thousand years ago, a single angel appeared to shepherds while they were watching over their flocks and delivered the best news that has ever been told. It wasn’t the promise of a better or happier life, or the latest sure bet for quick riches. The angel simply announced the birth of a child. Here is how Luke recorded the event.
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”
Jesus is God’s good news to man.
After hearing the angel’s message, the shepherds decided to investigate for themselves. They hurried to Bethlehem and found Mary, Joseph and Jesus. “When they had seen him,” so Luke wrote, “they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.”
Luke doesn’t tell us how long the shepherds stayed at the manger. Whether a brief moment or several days, they saw in Jesus an extraordinary picture. He indeed was the Savior, the Christ and the Lord. What they discovered about Jesus was worthy of passing on. To them He was good news. Those who heard the shepherds tell the story of Jesus were amazed.
How can you not be amazed by Jesus!
For a number of years His story faded into obscurity. A childhood in Nazareth concealed Him from public eye. The news about Him was very limited until He burst on the scene as a thirty-something.
One of the first stories of His public ministry occurred near the Sea of Galilee. As He walked along the shores, He called out to two fishermen, Peter and Andrew, “Come follow Me.” And they did. On the surface, you have to question the wisdom of such a hasty decision. Who in their right mind leaves everything for an unknown future that is in the hands of an unknown leader? But this is what Peter and Andrew did. They weren’t the only ones. The sons of Zebedee, James and John, did likewise.
What picture did they see in Jesus? What was it about Him that so radically changed the course of these rugged fishermen’s lives?
Paul answered the question this way: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). Somehow in the face of Jesus Christ, they saw the glory of God just as the Shepherds had that first Christmas morning.
This revelation compelled them to risk all and follow Him. They followed Him to Mt. Calvary, where He died to take away the sins of the world. They followed Him to an empty tomb, where He was raised to give life everlasting to those who would believe on Him. Then they followed the resurrected Jesus to Jerusalem and awaited His promise of the Holy Spirit.
Before the day of Pentecost, Jesus ascended into Heaven. The disciples could follow Jesus no longer. But, Jesus sent His Spirit to them to lead them internally, just as He has done for us today. They became His witnesses, delivering the good news of Jesus.
We need that same good news today. When people see the glory of God in the face of Christ, radical change occurs. When they fully embrace the good news, they can’t help but share Jesus with others.
For more information on this subject, a suggested resource is Pictures of Jesus (CDPOJ)
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