The Good News: You Are Never Too Far Gone That Grace Cannot Reach You

Posted: November 8, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Luke 2:8-20 — This is it! We are here. The passage about the birth that changed history. What are the things that God speaks to us in that passage? I think that there are several things that we should explore over the next few days.

The first thing that you see is the mother of all birth announcements is not made to kings and queens. It is made to shepherds. Those who did shepherding for hire were not considered trustworthy by the mainstream culture at the time. They lived nomadic lives not connected to the mainstream life of Israel. They were necessary but shunned. Their testimony was not even considered reliable at trials. This is who the announcement was made to. In our cute little nativity scenes of today, the shepherds are considered almost noble. Usually clean cut young men play these parts. In reality, they were scruffy men who lived on the land. They lived most of the year outside, away from the townspeople. Many of them probably wished that they could be like mainstream folk. I bet that many of them felt locked into their lifestyle from which they could not escape.

So there, these lonely outcasts of society are the ones who receive the greatest news EVER. The Messiah is born. This is who the radiance of the Lord was revealed to. The radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded the angels. The brightest light of radiance imaginable is God’s glory. His presence breaks through the black night sky. All of this is revealed to lowly shepherds. The angels were joined by the vast host of the armies of heaven praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven!” This amazing scene is not above a palace or a temple. It is shown to unsavory shepherds in an open field. The Good News revealed to the lowest of the low. This is the message of the Christmas Story that really needs to be shouted. The Good News came to us all no matter who we are or what our social status is.

Do you think that you are too far gone to be reached by Jesus Christ. The Jesus I know is not the Savior of the rich only. He is not the Savior of those who have stayed out of trouble in life only. He is not the Savior of those who keep up good appearances only. He is the Savior of the prostitute too. He is the Savior of the drug addict too. He is the Savior of the thief. He is the Savior of poor too. He is the Savior of the outcast too. He is the Savior of all no matter who you. No matter what you’ve done. He comes to anyone with a heart humble enough to accept Him. Whoever you are, whatever you have done in your past, Jesus came for you. You are never so far gone that grace cannot reach you. Never think that you have to have extraordinary qualifications to receive Jesus in your life. He accepts you the way you are, where you are, who you are right now.

This is the message of this scene. The glory of God is revealed to the common man, to the outcast. The lowly are exalted to be in the presence of the Lord. The Good News is for all. Jesus came for all. He died for all. This is the Good News. It is yours. It is mine. We are never too far away from grace! Amen and Amen.

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