Thursday, 15 December 2016

Advent 30 Day Retreat: Week 3 Day 18

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani

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."(Luke 2:10-11) 

We love to hear good news, don't we? 

This is especially the case if we are waiting for a particular event or contact with a special person. The good news being brought by the Angels was news that the Jews had been waiting to hear for thousands of years – the Messiah is finally here! 

The King of David's line; the Great Shepherd who will gather and unite His flock Israel; The One who will save the people from their enemies and set them free. 

What joy! Freedom! Hope! Victory!

Jesus brought all these things, but not as the Jews expected. 

Jesus did not come to win a military victory and re-establish Israel as a powerful nation as they expected. 

Jesus brought God’s Kingdom of love and a way of discipleship, which he modelled. 

He made it possible for us to live in God’s Kingdom here and now. This is good news for us – a source of great joy. 

As we move through advent, let us take into our hearts this good news and prepare with anticipation for the coming of our Saviour in a new and deeper way this Christmas.