Good Tidings | Luke 2:10
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10
It can be a great thrill to speed down a snow-covered hill in a sled. You may feel an adrenaline rush as trees speed by. You burst out in laughter as everyone on your sled falls out at the bottom. As you get up and dust the snow off your coat, you feel the icy air enter your nostrils and see your breath as you exhale.
You may not have even noticed the hill the previous summer. It could even have been an annoyance if you had to climb it to go somewhere. But now that same hill is giving you a great, free thrill.
Do you suppose the shepherds gave much thought to the hill where they were tending their sheep? It may have been a boring, even annoying hill to them. Was it an obstacle or just a mundane part of their mundane lives?
That all changed the night the angels arrived. Can you imagine how they felt when the night sky lit up in a glorious display? The fear and adrenaline must have been overwhelming. They must have thought their lives were over.
But instead, they discovered they were part of an amazing story. They received good news of great joy. Their savior had come to earth. OUR savior had come to earth. It was ten time better than any sled ride!
From the December 8, 2013 Heritage Collection Weekly Worship Bulletin Service.