“Do not be afraid.
I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you…”
When young parents today have children, it is common for them to mail “birth announcements” to their family and friends. And, of course, they also post several pictures on Facebook for everyone to see and admire their new baby.
When Jesus was born, God announced the birth of His Son to very few people: to a few shepherds near Bethlehem, some Magi (wise men) from Persia, and an old man (Simeon) and an old woman (Anna) in the Temple.
Take a moment and consider how different the shepherds and wise men are from each other.
- The shepherds were Jewish – the wise men were Gentiles
- The shepherds were paupers – the wise men were royalty
- The shepherds were poor – the wise men were wealthy
- The shepherds were young (teenagers) – the wise men were mature men
- The shepherds were uneducated – the wise men were highly educated
- The shepherds were social outcasts – the wise men were social elites
- The shepherds were despised – the wise men were highly respected
This was no accident. God intentionally chose to announce the birth of His Son to the shepherds and the Magi for a reason. In doing so, He clearly demonstrated that Jesus came for all people, without exception. He came for men and women. He came for the poor and the wealthy. He came for young and old. He came for everyday laborers and corporate executives. He came for prison inmates and presidents. He came for the lowest and the highest and for everyone in between. He came for you and He came for me.
Jesus offers His gift of salvation to all mankind. The “good news of great joy” is for everyone.