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Session 16

This is really good news

Read: Luke 2:8-20

When was the last time you got really good news? It could have been a promotion or a pregnancy. Either way, what made it good news was the effect it had on you.  

For example, a promotion is good news if you’re the one getting promoted. Pregnancy is good news for the couple 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 can bring you to tears. 

That’s part of what makes the angel’s news in Luke 2 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. 

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 humble 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, we can have Jesus in our lives. 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 all people?
  • 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?

1

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

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2

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

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3

Has God forgotten you?

Has God forgotten you?

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4

How to find peace this Christmas

How to find peace this Christmas

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5

Do you believe God is with you?

Do you believe God is with you?

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6

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

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7

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

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8

The importance of preparing the way

The importance of preparing the way

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9

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

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10

A blessed life is not always an easy life

A blessed life is not always an easy life

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11

How to accept praise and stay humble

How to accept praise and stay humble

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12

When the right thing is not the easy thing

When the right thing is not the easy thing

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13

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

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14

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

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15

God can do great things through imperfect people

God can do great things through imperfect people

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16

This is really good news

This is really good news

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17

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

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18

What you miss when you only know half the story

What you miss when you only know half the story

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19

What does it look like to worship?

What does it look like to worship?

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20

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

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21

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

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22

A reason to be generous this Christmas

A reason to be generous this Christmas

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23

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

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