When we have an important message, we carefully think about the best dispersal method. Perhaps it’s launching a podcast with a catchy tagline or a blog with a creative theme. We almost certainly seek out celebrity endorsements and bolster our social media following. The bottom line—gaining popularity with the right people (usually the rich and famous) is key to our success.
Yet, the King of the Universe chose a different strategy to herald the message of eternal life. Taking on human flesh, He descended quietly from His heavenly throne to be born in a lowly manager and raised among the poor.
Angels announced from the sky, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10).
But who were the first people to hear these words? Not rich kings. Not the most famous or powerful. Not even respected religious rulers. The first guests to the manger were shepherds, a foreshadowing of the true “good shepherd” who would lay down his life for His people (John 10:11).
These good tidings, though, didn’t stop with the shepherds. The four Gospel accounts of Christ’s time on earth all emphasize the same thing—Christ came with a message of hope for all people.
A star in the sky brought a caravan of foreign magi to worship the Christ child (Matt. 2). A Syro-Phoenician woman asked Jesus to heal her daughter (Mark 7). Jesus offered living water to a Samaritan woman (John 4). And, over and over again, Jesus healed lepers, the blind, the lame, and others scorned by society.
Part of the beauty of the good news is that it knows no boundaries.
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