Christmas: It's All Good

When we hear good news, we lean in and hope it’s true—even before believing it.

So if the message of Christianity is supposedly good, why don’t more people lean in?

Perhaps we need to take a fresh look at this good news to see if our current version is in line with the original one.

People close to Jesus were convinced they had met good personified. So they documented the story.

They were convinced it wasn’t just for a nation or for a generation, but for all nations and every generation. This was good news, great joy, for all people—perhaps especially for those of us who aren’t all that good.

If you don’t buy the story of Christ because it never sounded good, maybe you’ve never heard the original version. The original version is good news for the unrighteous, but threatening news for the self-righteous.

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The original message of Jesus was so compelling that everyone who heard it wanted it to be true. Maybe the version you’ve heard isn’t as captivating. If Jesus truly came with an invitation that left no one out, wouldn’t you believe it was really good news?

The good news becomes good when we recognize we’re not all that good. This is the invitation Jesus gives everyone because He came and leveled the playing field. We all have the same opportunity to reclaim peace with God. Maybe today is the day you receive that invitation.

Every generation of Jesus followers is responsible to ensure the news of the Christian faith stays true to the original. So are you good news? What if you’re the only news someone gets?

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” —Luke 2:10–11