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Do you want the good news?

December 25, 2014

Christmas’ Eve Navidad pesebre

“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,  and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told”.

Luke 2,10-20

It’s likely that today you have come to the church to seek inspiration, strength to live, a positive message and good news. If I would be sitting on the benches today and instead of preaching, it is what I would like to hear in church. I am a Christian and a believer in God, I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, but I live in a world full of negative news, many that are real and others that are exaggerated by the press. Bad news is fashionable today. For non-Christians being positive is almost an insult. A Christian author says: “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind”. This is a great truth.
“For as he think in his heart, so is he” (Pro 23:7) says the Bible about people. But we don’t just want to rely on the ability to be positive to face life, as God asks us to do, but rather we want to rely on the positive news we have to advance our lives today and our future beyond our lives.
If you came to hear good news this evening, you’ve come to the right place: “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (vv 10-11) .

Jesus Christ is the only one who can give us the best good news for today and for tomorrow. And of course, the good news is about where he wants you to spend the rest of your existence for all eternity.

The purpose of the church is to proclaim again and again the coming of a Messiah, the Christ, the savior of humanity and to provide the opportunity for people to accept that message of salvation by faith and to begin to live a different life according to what God asks in His word, the Bible.

So, we come to charge our batteries with the best of the good news.
The world has no light; the only lights, good and positive things that we see have emerged, come from each one of those who bear Christ in their hearts and are uniquely able to cast light in a world of darkness.

On this day we are here because we want to honor God, as we do every Sunday of the year. We honor God for allowing us to achieve salvation, for having come into the world, for having given his life for us in a death on the cross despite having been victorious over death and for revealing that he is God by showing us the miracle of resurrection. We remember this and honor it every Sunday of the church year.

Out there, every day, there are many people who aren’t Christians that wonder: What is this salvation? There are many people that are hungry for good news, love and God’s love, but they don’t know how to get it. They seek through it down wrong paths that don’t lead to fruition; it is therefore incumbent upon us to assume this responsibility and to announce the way and lead them to the church of Christ.
Dear brothers and sisters in the faith, salvation, in a nutshell, is about living with God beyond this life. But salvation is not for everyone. Often we rely on the Bible to say that God is love and therefore He is not bad and He will not condemn anyone. In short, we will all go to heaven. Is this true? This is not what the Bible tells us. God is love, therefore every Sunday, at every feast of the church, on every Christmas and with every Christian preaching God is willing to give people the opportunity to hear the message of Christ and to choose to believe, to accept with humility and to begin to put it into practice.

There are many people who are not Christians who don’t believe in Jesus Christ. There are many people who call themselves Christians but they don’t truly believe in Jesus Christ and their lack of faith is seen in their actions. And all those people need the opportunity to hear, time and again, the message of salvation, so that they can have the opportunity to believe and truly accept it during their lifetime here on earth.

Jesus came to earth bringing the best news of all, the best possible news of all: God is love and He so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him might be saved. In the world in which we live, good news is fleeting and superficial. Yet Christians are invited to live a life full of good news. And the best news is that from the moment we believe in Christ and decide to change our life and make it available to God, we receive one of the greatest gifts of the universe – we are saved and we are promised a meeting with God and with all loved ones who have gone before us and who have walked in the ways of God. Besides that, we are promised that during this life we will have God’s assistance every day and for every second of our lives. That really is good news; I would say that is the best of the good news that we will ever get to hear.

God, through Christmas itself, is reminding us that there is a promised salvation to those who believe in Him and accept with humility that there is a God who is greater than all human achievement, that is, our God, the Creator, Lord and Savior.

To be saved, it is not enough to remember church traditions. There must be a fundamental change in us, not only as to believe in God but believe in God as our Lord and leader and for this to change our lifestyle. Church traditions don’t save us, what saves us instead is a spiritual turn that drives us to change our lives, putting God first in our lives and treating His word as guidance for our lives.

Let us make no mistake, not all will receive eternal life, though God is love. So if we want to partake in this evening of the fine of the finest good news out there, let us receive salvation and go to meet God beyond our life, accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and let us change our lives. Martin Luther used to say: It is not the same thing to say: ‘The Lord God’ as to say “My Lord God.” If we say the second, it is because there is a real and authentic relationship with God. God is my Lord, for I care to do His will. We read in the Bible also: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Mt 7:21) Jesus tells us this directly. At this time God is yet again giving us a new opportunity to truly call Him ‘my Lord,’ and to start a relationship with Him.
While I can meet a person, I will not necessarily have a relationship with him, or perhaps there will be a friendship. God wants us to have a relationship with Him, back and forth; a daily relationship of honor and obedience and for us to call Him: my Lord.

The best good news that we will ever hear is this: “In the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” He is waiting for your answer, and he is expecting a change in your life so that He not only can give you salvation, which is most important, but also bless your life in every aspect starting today. You can imagine Him giving you solutions to all the problems that may be facing today. Maybe you came to church to seek a word of comfort. God is the only one that can solve your problems, but the first step is to put God at the top of the list of things in your life. Today is a day of good news; this is the best good news, take advantage of it so your everyday life can be a true celebration of Christmas. Amen.

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