Good News of Great Joy for all the People

Posted: December 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.

I trust that today the joy of the given Savior is your strength.

Please receive my heartfelt thanks for being a part of Heartline, and for your love shown to Heartline, not just in words but in actions.

It seems that during this time of the year that I feel like the proverbial wet blanket.  In Luke 2:10,11 we read the words of the angel to the shepherds,

“Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people: for today in the city of a David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ The Lord.”

I can’t help but think of those who have not yet once heard the good news of great joy, that a Savior has been born.

It is a joyful time, one that merits celebration. It is a time for family, for the giving of gifts, for believers across the world to rejoice in God’s great gift of Christ the Savior.

I believe that the more we serve Him, the more we worship Him, the more that we love Him, and the closer that we draw near to Him, the more we will want others to know our Savior. The more we will want those who have not yet once heard of Christ, to hear and receive Him.

It is estimated that there are 2.87 billion people that have yet to, even once, hear the good news of great joy. They have never heard of the name of Jesus. I can’t begin to comprehend such as a figure.  Can you?

Our joy in knowing Him, should compel us take actions that will help toward all hearing about our Savior. It is possible and likely in countries where the gospel can be freely preached that many have not heard a clear message of the gospel.  What can we do?

1. We can pray.  Jesus in Luke 10:2 says,

” The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His field.”

2. We can let our good deeds shine. Jesus in Matthew 5:14-16 says,

” You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

3. We can go. Jesus in John 2021 says to the disciples,

“Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

4. We can give.  Perhaps God hasn’t called you to travel to another country or to serve Him full time in evangelism. We can give financially in support of those who are in full time service.  We can support our church’s missions program.  We can financially support a mission that is proclaiming the gospel.  We can financially support a missionary who has, in obedience,  answered the call to go.

 Roland Allen writes,

“Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love”

It is a joyful time of the year, filled with celebrations, thankfulness, family and friends.  And simply put, we want others to join in the celebration, but first they must be told of this good news of great joy. Because God loves us, we love Him, and we are expected to love those that He loves.  And so it is His love that compels us to go, to give, and to pray.  This is the Christmas story.

John McHoul

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