Good News


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The Heart of Christmas                              Mark 1:1

Good News

More so on Christmas Eve than other times, there is a mix of churched, non-churched, and nominally churched. 

The people who come are experiencing joys and stress of the Christmas season:
  • some are excited to be reunited with family
  • others are weary from traveling
  • a few are going through divorces
  • several may be experiencing Christmas without a loved one, due to death, deployment or other reasons such as being in the nursing home or suffering Alzheimer’s disease.
  • some are experiencing their first Christmas together
  • Many anticipate the giving and receiving of gifts
  • All come to hear the good news, to be comforted, assured, encouraged, and inspired.

 

In Luke, Christ is born without a word being spoken “how silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given!” (O Little Town of Bethlehem).  The first words spoken are to shepherds.  Shepherds are the most unlikely to receive and spread the news –  this is consistent with Luke’s purpose of Christ.  The shepherds are, ceremonially unclean, living in fields (transient, no shelter, like the baby Jesus) and lacking in credibility.

The good news (euangeliov) that come is

  • live breaking news happening in real time.
  • When it is proclaimed and published it comes into effect (ginomai) it is God’s word that heralded – as in Genesis.

The word Givomai:

  • can be translated it came upon the stage. The word is a thread that holds the story together – Luke 2:1, 2, 6, 13, 15
  • The word is signal that the scene is changing and something significant is about to happen.  The story begins with, “In those days” (v. 1) – the same old thing, then dramatically shifts to “This day” (v. 11) something NEW
  • When God breaks on the scene it is never the same ol’ story.
 

When God breaks on the scene, something good and new happens.

 

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