Luke 2:10 KJV
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Gill has some good words concerning these good tidings...
" tidings, that were both wonderful and amazing, … the work of man's salvation, his peace, pardon, righteousness, &c. about to be accomplished, and so matter of great joy: not carnal, but spiritual; not feigned, but real; not temporary, but lasting; even such as cannot be taken away, nor intermeddled with; and not small, but great, even joy unspeakable, and full of glory…"
But I am reminded that
They were not good tidings to Herod.
Who sought the child's death
They were not good tidings to the religious elite
Who saw Him as a threat to their way f life and most importantly, to their influence over the people.
They were not good tidings to the Romans
Who collaborated at last in His crucifixion
Truly the incarnation of Christ is good news. But that news only blesses those who submit themselves to it. To receive any sort of benefit from this news one must
- First acknowledge that God is that God of the Bible
- Then accept His sovereign right to reign and
- Finally surrender our own authority to His
That's a pretty tall order for those who have come to accept themselves as gods.