WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4
“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2:10-11 (ESV)
FEAR NOT: THERE’S GOOD NEWS
In December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright brothers were successful in getting their “flying machine” off the ground. Thrilled, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: “We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas.” Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He glanced at it and said, “How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas!” He totally missed the big news—man had flown! Don’t miss the Big News! (Our Daily Bread, 12–23-91)
The shepherds were so afraid at the appearance of the angels they almost missed the good news. The good news was that Jesus was born and that He would be our Savior. The word good news can also be translated as “gospel.” Scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer said, “The best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person!” And so we have “The Christmas Gospel!”
Jesus is the Savior! Savior means that He came to save us from our sins. The name Jesus literally means the one who saves. And the name Christ means “the anointed one” or “Messiah.” The angels announced the moment the world had waited for after thousands of years of prophecy. The Messiah had come to earth to save us from our sins.
The editor of the local newspaper missed the most important part of the Wright brother’s message. What might keep you from missing the most important part of the Christmas story this year?