How to Prepare for Christmas: Part Three

The last few weeks, we've been looking at the Christmas story in Luke 2. Today, I'd like to take another look at Luke 2:10 as we continue to prepare for Christmas. Here it is (emphasis mine):

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."

Everyone Is Included

A third way to prepare for Christmas is to remember: everyone is included. There has never been a person born who is excluded from the Gospel announcement in Luke 2. The "good news of great joy" was intended for everyone to hear. It was not given for a private audience or a select few. Every single person--no matter their background, age, or ethnicity--is in need of "a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11).

Everyone Needs Hope

Last Saturday, my family and I went to see the new Stars Wars movie: Rogue One. I won't give away the details of the movie but it perfectly explains the first movie: A New Hope.

As followers of Jesus, we know that eternal hope is found only in Him. But, how many people, especially at Christmas, have lost hope? They experienced a down year in 2016 and are wondering if there is hope for them in the future. The answer for them is a resounding Yes! Our hope of a bright future comes from knowing the Savior who overcame the grave and has given us the hope of eternal life in Him!

Question: Who do you know that needs the hope of eternal life today? Invite that person to your Christmas services this weekend. Because Jesus came for "all the people."