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This week on Reaching Your World.

Series: Luis Palau | Good Tidings of Great Joy

Christmas is a time of fun and celebration.  On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis reminds us of the beginning of it all, when angels visited earth to tell some shepherds on a hillside the great news that a Savior had been born. 

Good Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Have you ever had someone come up to you and say, “So, I’ve got some good news and bad news.” Which do you get first? Me, I always ask for the bad news, to get that out of the way. Then we can go on to the good news and end on a happy note.

The angels brought the shepherds good news that first Christmas, but the Bible is full of stories of others bringing news. Especially in 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel, and the Chronicles, messengers were always traveling to and from the battlefield with news for the king. It wasn’t all good, and when it was bad, it was pretty bad.

Today we get bad news on a 24 hour cycle. It used to be that news only came out once per day, when everyone got the newspaper in the morning. Then we got the morning news and nightly news on TV. Now we’re constantly getting news, and so little of it is good. The world is a scary place, and sometimes it can seem like someone’s always coming up to us and saying, “Well, I’ve got bad news … and more bad news.”

But as followers of Christ, we are assigned the job of bringing the good news. Romans even says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” That doesn’t mean we should ignore the bad news, but rather say, “I know there’s bad news, but I have good news for you that can save you from that bad news.” What a wonderful message that is for a world in need of some good news.            

This is Luis Palau.

Angels Monday, December 17, 2018

One of my favorite things to do when visiting friends at Christmas is to look at their nativity sets. Each nativity set is different, depending on who made it and in what culture. They all have baby Jesus at the center, but some also have donkeys, sheep, wise men, and shepherds. And some even have angels.
Angels in nativity sets are usually very ornate, with long hair, and long white gowns. Sometimes they have halos; sometimes they have wings. But they always look at peace, and none of the other figures ever seem surprised to see them.

But can you imagine what it was like seeing the angels in the sky the night Jesus was born? It must have been terrifying. Can you imagine the shock of the shepherds? They had definitely never seen anything like those angels lighting up the sky. No wonder the angels’ first line to them was “Fear not!” They needed the shepherds to not be afraid, because they had a message to pass along. That was the job of the angels: they were the messengers bringing the “good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

The angels brought the good news that first Christmas, and now it’s our job. Like the angels, we need to help people move from fear to joy. The world can be a scary place, but knowing Christ keeps us joyful. Let’s be messengers of joy this Christmas, sharing Jesus with all we meet. 

This is Luis Palau.

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Why Jesus Came

Luis’s joy and excitement in the Christmas season will shine through on "Reaching Your World" this week, as he talks about just what the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, can mean in our lives.