Good News and Great Joy
From Executive Director Mike Jorgensen, and all our friends at I Am Second.
Used by permission. Please visit I Am Second to experience real stories of real people learning to live for something greater than themselves.
Good News and Great Joy
Another ordinary night. Another dull, plain, ordinary night. That’s what these men had to look forward to. Same cold air. Same moonlit blackness. Same company—with the same conversation, same personalities, and the same mannerisms. The glow of a campfire, the faint bleating of sheep, and a simple meal, just like every other night for the past who-knows-how-many nights.
But God had a surprise in store for these men.
The pitch-black darkness where the shepherds had made camp for the night was suddenly illuminated as an angel stepped out. The Bible says that the presence of this one angel brought with it the glory of the Lord, which shone all around the shepherds. That sight alone would be enough to take one’s breath away. But even more impressive than his presence was his message.
"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people."
Don’t move past the words too quickly. Did you notice the word "great?" Great has become a filler word for us today—a watered-down word. But the original word is similar to "mega." The angels were about to unload news that would bring mega-joy to the entire world. Could you use some mega-joy in your life today?
"Today, in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord."
A savior. A rescuer. A righter of wrongs. A fixer of broken things. If the world needed any news, it was this good news of great mega-joy. The long-promised hero had finally come—and he was going to save the world.
Suddenly the angel was joined by "multitudes" of others. (Was it dozens? Hundreds? Thousands?) The shepherds hadn’t yet had time to grasp the profound implications of the news they were receiving, but the angels had been contemplating it for millennia. Their response burst forth in enormous praise:
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."
The third week of Advent is all about joy, and the natural outlet of joy is praise. Our response to the good tidings of great joy for all people should be like the angels’: unobstructed worship to God and unhindered feelings of goodwill to men.
Would you pray with us that the stories we share will also effectively point people to Jesus? Of course, it’s hard to compete with an angelic choir …but the Holy Spirit continues to use God stories to point people to that extraordinary One who was born on that ordinary night two millennia ago.
To find out more about ordinary people who met an extraordinary God and hear the stories of how it changed their life and purpose, please visit IAmSecond.com