Session 14

This really is good news

From A Celebration of Advent: A 25-Day Devotional

Often, what’s good news for some is devastating for others. 

For example, a promotion is good news if you’re the one getting promoted. A surprise pregnancy is good news for the couple who has been trying for years. 

But when you’re the one who feels passed over or the teen who isn’t ready for parenthood, the same news that brought joy to others might bring you to tears. 

That’s part of what makes the angel’s announcement so special. When the angel appears to the shepherds, he brings “good news that will cause great joy for all the people” (Luke 2:10). This wasn’t good news for some and bad news for others. This was good news for everyone. 

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” - Luke 2:10

Jesus, the promised rescuer, had arrived. Things were going to be different. And not just for some, but for everyone. 

The fact that the angel delivered this news to a group of shepherds shows the kind of king Jesus would be. His kingdom wasn’t reserved for the wealthy or religious elite. His kingdom is open to anyone humble enough to submit themselves to Him. 

No matter who we are or what we do, Jesus wants to be our king. We don’t need to clean up or wait until we’re of age to be part of His kingdom. The angel met the shepherds in a field at night, and Jesus meets us right where we are today. 

That’s good news!  

 Reflect: 
  • What’s the best news you could get this Christmas?
  • How does it make you feel to know that Jesus’ kingdom is open to everyone?
  • The news about Jesus was so good the shepherds couldn’t keep it to themselves (Luke 2:20). Is there anyone you need to share the good news with this Christmas?

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Session 1

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Session 2

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Session 3

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Session 4

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Session 5

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Session 6

When your situation seems impossible, remember this truth

How many times have you looked at a situation and thought: “There’s no way. This is impossible.”Mary had the same thought when Gabriel ca...

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Session 7

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Session 8

A blessed life is not the same as an easy life

Mary’s calling was a blessing, but it was also costly. She nearly lost her fiancé. She was disowned by everyone around her, and she would...

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Session 9

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Session 10

How to find peace this Christmas

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Session 11

Walk by faith, not by sight

When Caesar Augustus decided to take a census, the timing couldn’t have been worse for Joseph and Mary. They weren’t yet married, and Mar...

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Session 12

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

Despite what our nativities would have us believe, Jesus’ birth was not a rustic, peaceful delivery.“And while they were there, the time ...

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Session 13

Do you believe God is with you?

Jesus is “Immanuel” or “God with us.” Through Jesus, God came and walked among creation. Jesus made a way to restore our relationship wit...

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Session 14

This really is good news

Often, what’s good news for some is devastating for others. For example, a promotion is good news if you’re the one getting promoted...

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Session 15

God can do great things through imperfect people

When you think of the kind of people God works through, who comes to mind? Matthew 1 lists the people in Jesus’ family tree. And whi...

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Session 16

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

Christmas presses us all to answer the most important question: Who is Jesus? In Luke 2, the Holy Spirit leads a righteous and devou...

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Session 17

What you miss when you only know half the story

If you start watching a movie when it’s almost over, you miss the significance of certain events. Sure, you could piece some things toget...

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Session 18

What does it look like to worship?

Jesus was probably 1 or 2 years old when the wise men arrived. Still a babe, Jesus was unable to do anything for them. Yet they were over...

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Session 19

What happened when Jesus came to earth

It’s a common plot for Christmas movies. Girl bumps her head and wakes up in a different reality. She remembers everything, but no one re...

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Session 20

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“How beautiful upon the mountains    are the feet of him who brings good news...” (Isaiah 52:7). If you’ve ever seen a run...

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Session 21

Jesus is a different kind of king

Parents and teachers. Your boss. Your boss’s boss. The shareholders or the members of the board. We all have bosses — some good, some not...

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Session 22

Miracles don’t always look like we thought they would

When rescue doesn’t come the way we thought it would, we grow restless. We would love for the answer to our prayers to hit us like a bolt...

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Session 23

A reason to be generous this Christmas

The sound of a Salvation Army bell ringing, a child’s wish written in crayon hung on a Christmas tree, hot meals served to strangers on a...

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Session 24

The pull of home is about more than the holidays

Ever notice how we get more nostalgic during the holidays? We go about our lives for 330 days, then December hits, and the opening notes ...

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Session 25

Celebrate Christmas all year long

Long after the tree is packed up and the lights are put away, the spirit of Christmas can live on in us. Christmas reminds of God’s faith...

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