And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 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. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:8-11 ESV)
The good news proclaimed by the angel was and is meant to be for all people. This is a call for those who hear the good news to share it with others. Yesterday, we discovered that the news about Jesus is only good news if you believe you are in need of a saviour. However, how is someone to know this if no one ever tells them?
All around the world there is a common understanding of good and evil. People are somehow born with the knowledge of right and wrong. It is also common for all cultures to have some understanding of a justice system. When someone does something wrong, they should be punished. The gospel of Christ explains the reason for this common knowledge, and provides an eternal solution. Because we have all done wrong, we all deserve punishment. However, Christ’s life, death and resurrection solves our problem of eternal punishment. This solution of Christ’s salvation is truly for all people all over the world.
This should be a reason for celebration, and should stir within us a desire to tell people, just as the angel did, the good news of great joy that is for all the people.