Re:Verse reading–Luke 2:1-20 (day seven)
Verse 10 has bothered me all week. The angel proclaims to “bring good news of great joy which will be for all people.” I know the good news is for all people. We do not always share it generously, but we know that we should. It is the other part that bothers me, the great joy. Is the great joy for all people too?
There are people beyond the church who use the word joy, but I am not sure you can comprehend what joy is apart from a relationship with Jesus Christ. I imagine this is our message too. It is possible for all people to be filled with great joy, but they only know what that is when the Gospel takes root in their lives. When we witness we are setting out to help the lost come to know a new reality that produces joy.
You may be the key component to your neighbor finally understanding what joy is. Right now they think it is some fleeting emotion, but by the Gospel they can come to know a state of joy in Jesus Christ that does not fade. Do not miss the opportunity this Christmas season to spread the good news of great joy. People are far more likely to listen this time of year than any other. Spread the joy of the Gospel!