The Best News Ever
But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21
How would you describe this news?
The message from the angel to Joseph was the best news ever. The Son of Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit, would save His people from their sins. How would you describe this news? All these adjectives apply:
Authoritative- the messenger was no mere human but the angel of the Lord
Supernatural- the baby had no human father but was conceived by God’s Spirit
Anticipated- the prophets had foretold His coming for centuries
Gracious- this child would save sinful people
Today’s news is usually none of the above. But praise God because His news is good and unfading. Good tidings of great joy to the entire world. Resist the depressing sensationalism of the media and focus instead on the best news ever.
For more reflections on today’s reading, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.