But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.”
If you grew up going to Christmas pageants and candlelight services (or even if you just watched the Peanuts special every year), these words might be so familiar that you read right over them. You know what’s coming: Today in the town of David a Savior has been born.
In other words: He. Is. Here.
But stop for a quick second and think about how the angel must have felt, announcing the news: The One we’ve waited for. The One who will bring joy to the world. The One who will change everything. He is here!!!
Doesn’t that just make you want to, I don’t know, fall down? He is Emmanuel, God with us. And he is here.
Wherever this Christmas finds you–rejoicing in certainty of God’s presence, yearning to experience his love, or anywhere in between, may you know the good news: He. Is. Here. And may these words, from Isaiah 60, allow the good news to color your life afresh each morning, both today and throughout the new year.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.