At year’s end, most of us reflect back on the previous year, and look forward to the New Year with hope. You might wonder if that’s true of me. After all, I’m often accused of preaching “doom and gloom.” It’s true that I don’t always preach light and happy things. God’s message to humanity includes warnings of judgment, and of terrible future events.
But I’m actually full of hope. I see God’s warnings as signposts meant to lead us to His grace. At its core, His message is Good News. That’s why Jesus and His followers have always called that message, “the Gospel.”
Over the last week, most of the world’s Christians reflected on an angel of the Lord appearing to a group of shepherds on a dark Bethlehem night. “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” [Luke 2:10-11 NKJV]….continue