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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. 

The Peace of Christmas Friday, December 21, 2018

Almost 200 years ago the poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, wrote a piece called “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”  It is surprising how applicable the words of that poem still are.  Those words were put to music and we still sing the carol at Christmas time.  I was struck recently by some of the lines of that song.  It says:

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Things do seem pretty hopeless in our world at times.  But at Christmas we are reminded of that great love of God. and that He is still on His throne and we can trust Him.  The angels sang to the shepherds of Bethlehem, “Glory to God in the highest.  Peace on earth and goodwill to men.”  Let’s be reassured by those words as we celebrate Christmas in a world that seems to have forgotten what real peace looks like. 

Those of us who are followers of Jesus Christ can know His peace in our lives.  As we read in Acts 10:36: “You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.”

Let’s share that message with others in our world this holiday season. These are the greatest days to reach our world.
This is Andrew Palau

Great Thursday, December 20, 2018

The first time I ever held a newborn, it was one of our twin boys. I couldn’t believe how small he was. He was so tiny, a miniature human who couldn’t do a whole lot. He couldn’t talk, walk, or eat solid foods. He was completely dependent on his parents to look out for him. And yet, inside this little newborn was all of the DNA and God-given capabilities he needed to become a man someday. All that was already in him. We just had to wait. His time would come.

Sometimes we take little things for granted. For example, the book of Micah talks about how Bethlehem was too small to be considered a clan of Judah, but “from [it] shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” A magnificent being would come from little Bethlehem. It just had to wait. Its time would come.

God came down to earth and took the form of a little helpless baby, born in a little town no one cared about. No one expected much from a carpenter, much less that He would die on a cross to save the whole world. And so, this Christmas, we can take some time to celebrate the little things. Imagine how different Christmas would be if we remembered great things come in small packages.

What small things can we celebrate this Christmas? And how can we use those small things to point others to the greatness of Jesus? Our time has come to spread the news to our world.

This is Luis Palau.

Tidings Wednesday, December 19, 2018

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is getting Christmas newsletters from friends and family. It’s less common now, but Christmas cards used to be a main way to share family news with people who lived all over the country and world. We used to get photos and a letter giving all of the news: how old kids were, who was getting married, what vacations the family went on, how jobs were going. Now everyone uses Facebook for that kind of stuff, but we used to spread news by intentionally sending out Christmas cards to people we loved, from old school friends to former co-workers to cousins. These weren’t glamorous people who we wanted to like us; they were people who already liked us and wanted to know how we were.

Angels went to Bethlehem to bring good news to the shepherds, who were not glamorous either. The shepherds were nowhere near the top of society; you wouldn’t guess they would be the first to know the Savior of the world was born. But God first told the good news to dirty, smelly shepherds, who were just watching their sheep like any other night. They didn’t have any power and prestige. But once they heard the message, they instantly went to go see Jesus. They wanted to listen. They wanted to hear the good news. The shepherds weren’t wealthy or special, but they were ready for Jesus. Their hearts were open.

Who in your life is ready to hear the good news of Jesus? Many people in your world no doubt have open hearts.

This is Luis Palau. 

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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Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

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