by Rex Yancey

The Gospel is "Good News"
Rex Yancey
Luke 2:10-14

I have read that there is a world wide organization among astronomers who pass the word along if something unusual happens in the heavens. Something unusual did happen in the heavens over two thousand years ago. It was so unusual that some wise men followed a star into Bethlehem to find a new born king.
The highest of sciences then and now point to the Lord Jesus Christ. What a privilege it was for an angel to announce the Savior's birth. He was hand picked for the task and commissioned to leave heaven and fly down to earth to announce these glad tidings within the hearing of the shepherds in Bethlehem.
Angels have always taken an interest in this world of ours. Their first song is recorded in the book of Job. In the course of that revelation it is declared that when God laid the cornerstone of the earth, "the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy."
Faber said, "There is no place where earth's sorrows are more felt than up in heaven." If angels did some major shouting at creation's dawn, then they must have done some major wailing in the view of the sinfulness of man.
Now at last, as the angel said to the shepherd's, "There is the city of David a Savior...which is Christ the Lord." "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased..."
What a privilege it was for an angel to announce the Savior's birth. It is even a greater privilege for us to proclaim the "Good News." The angels have never sinned. We have and know by experience the saving power of Jesus.
Why is the gospel "Good News?"
-The first word that the angel spoke was "Fear not." In verse 9 the shepherd's were "sore afraid." And why wouldn't they have been afraid? In a sense the whole world was gripped with fear then as it is now.
The Romans were tyrants over the Jews. For four hundred years there was no word ...

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