For many people, this has not been a good year for good news. We have been bombarded with all kinds of news that is not uplifting and can cause us to become discouraged and anxious. In fact, I must confess that I have limited my news watching as it was beginning to affect my mental health.
But even in the midst of this, there is some good news that was shared some 2,000 years ago that is still very much good news today. That good news was broadcast by an angel in Luke 2:10-11: "And the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of a great joy which shall be for all the people, for today in the city of David, there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
The essential truth of Christmas remains unchanged. Jesus is still Immanuel (God with us!). It is good news that He was born that we might be born again. What better news is there than that!
Christmas is about Christ--and He does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow--and forever. He is the same God during the bubonic plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid 1300's. He is the same God during the 1918 pandemic. He is the same God during the attack on Pearl Harbor (79 years ago to the day I am writing this). He was the same the day before, the day of, and the day after 09/11. And He is the same God during the 2020 pandemic in which we now find ourselves.
We need to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. And we must make this season about Him. His message is one of hope, healing, and restoration. We can put our faith, trust, and confidence in Him.
One of my favorite scripture passages is Isaiah 41:10: "Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
This is the message of hope, healing, and restoration that I trust each one of you has received and one that we need to share with a lost and dying world. This is the message we strive to share with the clients we are privileged to serve. There is no better Christmas gift that we can give than this message.
Thank you for your faithfulness in serving our Lord and for helping us as we share this good news with our clients. May you and yours have a most joyous Merry Christmas as we find confidence and comfort in the Good News of Jesus Christ.
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