Monday, March 2, 2009

Luke 2 - All People

The angel shows up to speak to the shepherds and they bring "good news of great joy that will be for all the people." Again, the angels say all people. So many times when we read this, we think to ourselves, "Right, all people. Not just the Jews, hooray for us." Or we link this with Paul's writings and think, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus." True. But. This says that Jesus was good news for ALL people. That means sinners too. Way too often, we encounter people who don't believe or actively disbelieve in Jesus and we are quick to write them off. Even worse, if they've hurt Christianity or hurt us personally, we might be waiting for the judgment day to come. Here's the thing: Jesus is good news for them too - they just haven't truly seen or understood it yet. That's where we come in.

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