Good News of Great Joy

Good News of Great Joy

Luke 2:8-11 — I usually plan to use the Sunday before Christmas to deliver a lesson that tries to take advantage of the holiday’s focus on Jesus to help us think more about the meaning of his life and teachings. In all my years of planning, however, I never planned to deliver a sermon via video. Yet, because of COVID in my family and in so many other families at church, I will be delivering this Sunday’s sermon – the Sunday before Christmas – via video.

Even though we might not all agree on the specifics of COVID, it has undeniably disrupted our lives. The medical, social, economic, and political problems surrounding COVID remind us of a basic reality – our world is broken. That brokenness, which has manifested itself in many ways throughout human history, offers a backdrop against the angels announced the good news of Jesus birth. The angels announcing the good news celebrated because they understood Jesus something important about him – Jesus came into the world to set everything right. This Sunday’s lesson therefore consider Jesus mission to heal our broken world and the hope and joy his mission brings into our lives.