Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.- Luke 2 : 10.

LISTEN : Good news is good for the soul. It inspires, energises, revives and restores. No one is an enemy to good news, it is everyone’s delight. Good news is the medicine of the soul: it is a cure for bad news. (Proverbs 17 : 22). The greatest bad news to mankind is the separation from God. Sin separated us from God and denied us of our original inheritance – the paradise. But the birth of Jesus Christ has reconciled us to God.

The birth of Jesus Christ was announced by a divine messenger (angel of God), who was subsequently joined by myriad of angels to sing praises and worship Christ the new born king. His birth was proclaimed to the three wise men, Shepherds from the east, also known as the Magi. They were tending their sheep by night when the angel suddenly appeared with the good news. The bible gave an account of His birth thus: ” And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Now there were shepherds nearby living out in the field, keeping guard over their flock at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!” When the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, that the Lord has made known to us.” So they hurried off and located Mary and Joseph, and found the baby lying in a manger.” (Luke 2 : 7 – 16).

When the wise men heard the good news of the birth of Christ, they left their flock and hurried in search of the new born King, Jesus Christ. When they found Him they worshipped Him and served Him with their treasures. Beloved, the birth of Christ is a good news not just to the three wise men, but to the entire world, because his birth was the beginning of human redemption; which was eventually fulfilled in His death. Like the three wise men, let us come to Jesus Christ to worship and to serve Him. (Luke 2 : 11).

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to respond to Jesus’ invitation with worship and service like the three wise men.
2. Share the gospel message with people around you and beyond.
3. Serve God with your treasures – money, time, talent, etc.
4. Do not allow anything to distract you from God’s call for repentance and dedication.

Daily Task : Accept and share the good news of the Kingdom of God. Always remember that good news is designed to be shared.

Daily Reflection : The good news of the birth of Jesus Christ is the good news of the Kingdom of God – the gospel. Therefore, to celebrate Jesus’ birth and refuse the gospel is a display of ignorance.

Daily Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you for the good news of the Kingdom. Help me to share the good news wherever I go in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration : Today, I prophesy over your life, because you received the good news of the Kingdom of God in Christ, good news will not cease in your life, in Jesus’ name.

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