FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
“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: ALL PEOPLE
Author Stephen Cole writes, A man was bothered with continual ringing in his ears, bulging eyes, and a flushed face. Over a period of three years he went to doctor after doctor. One took out his tonsils, one removed his appendix, another pulled out all his teeth. Nothing seemed to help. He still had ringing in his ears, bulging eyes, and a flushed face.
Finally a doctor told him that there was no hope; he only had six months to live. The poor fellow quit his job and decided to live it up in the time he had left. He went to his tailor and ordered several suits and shirts. The tailor measured his neck and wrote down the size: 16. The man corrected him: 15. The tailor measured again: 16. But the man insisted that he had always worn a size 15 collar on his shirts.
“Well, all right,” said the tailor, “but don’t come back here complaining to me if you have ringing in your ears, bulging eyes, and a flushed face!”
Sometimes the solutions to life’s problems are more simple than we think. Our world has incredibly complex problems: wars, terror-ism, famines, catastrophes. People have complex problems: physical, emotional, and family problems. Sometimes we despair as we try to help others or to deal with our own problems. At times the proposed solutions seem so complex that we aren’t sure we can implement them.
But God provides a simple solution for all of the complex problems we all face in this world. It is the simple solution of the Savior, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. In Luke 2:10 the angels told the shepherd that the good news of Jesus’ birth was for all people. This was one solution for anyone who was willing to believe in Jesus as Savior. Jesus would do the hard work of dying for our sins. We only had to believe. Unfortunately, like the man whose collar was too tight, many are too stubborn to listen, believe and change.
Take some time and pray for those you know whose heart is hardened to the true message of Christmas. Pray that God would give them the gift of faith and they would experience the joy of the Savior.