Posted by: peebles | December 23, 2011

Luke 2:10 (KJV) ~ And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Tidings of great joy, now there is an old-fashioned statement rich with meaning. God brings you tidings of great joy, not just tidings of joy, but great joy. There is something to celebrate; Jesus was born to save you from your sins, to deliver you from the grasp of the enemy and set you free. He was born a King, He was born the Messiah, He was born Christ the Lord. 

The Greek word for tidings is euaggelizo meaning to announce good news, preach the gospel, declare the word of God. And that is exactly what the angels did on the very night that Christ the Lord was born.

What great joy it is to be saved from your sins, to have a Saviour born unto us who was the greatest expression of God’s love for us. This baby, this Saviour, was God’s gift to the world not just at Christmas time but every day of the year.  And, you can receive this precious gift of God by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. 

The song, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, was written by an unknown author in the late 15th century in England and was later publish in 1833 by William B. Sandys in a Christmas collection of carols.

The song has a wonderful message tucked into the first few lines: 

God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay,

Remember, Christ, our Saviour was born on Christmas day,

To save us all from Satan’s power, when we were gone astray,

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy.  

My friend, Christmas is a time of great joy, for unto you a Saviour had been born who is Christ the Lord. This babe of Bethlehem was the Son of God who grew up and died on the cross of Calvary and three days later rose again. Tidings of great joy were declared to all mankind for the Saviour has been born to save you from your sins, to save and deliver you, to save and heal you, to give you comfort and joy in His name. 

God bless you my friend, Matthew


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