What’s the Good Word?

If you are like me, the holiday season is full of time with family.
Even in the midst of the pandemic, there are many who plan to be with family over the holiday season, or at least plan on talking with them through online channels.
For some, this is a welcomed opportunity. They get to reconnect with family that maybe they only see during the holiday season or this is one of those rare occasions when a larger group of family is together. The conversation is fun, lively, and always memorable.
For others, this is a cause for dread. Many fear the conversations that they know will take place. They fear arguments erupting over politics or the pandemic. They worry that the update they will bring might disappoint the family who are hoping for good news regarding relationships, school, or work.
We may ask ourselves, “How do I talk with my family about the stuff that really matters?” And along with that, “What does really matter this time of year?”
To answer that question, I want to look at some news that was proclaimed a little over 2,000 years ago…
In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8-12)
This angel brought the most important news that has ever been brought.
In the heart of this passage we read, “Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
All other news throughout all of history pale in comparison to this wonderful news. This news changed the world. This news would set all of humanity on a new course. This news would restore mankind’s relationship with his/her Creator.
And this news is still the best news we can share with people today. Afterall, a Savior was born FOR YOU!!! This includes you (the reader), me (the author), and your crazy uncle who tells all the “good” stories.
My challenge to you this Christmas season is to keep this news on the tip of your tongue. When you find yourself talking about politics or pandemic, careers or crushes, grades or gossip; turn the conversation back to the greatest news that we have to share.
Christ has come. He is the Savior for you. His name is Jesus.
It is good news that can save a person’s life. Won’t you share it?