The Most Important News Ever

I write about what I think is important.  Everything else to me makes it a slow news day –thus the title of this space. 

Sometimes I write about current events.  Other times I write about history.  One of these days, when I feel like taking the time, I will organize the topics to this blog so that it’s clear what my interest are.

There’s a piece of history being celebrated right now that’s very worthy of attention in this space. In fact, I consider it the most important event in the history of mankind.

This story is documented in the Bible in many places.  But one author, a doctor named Luke, decided it was time to write an “orderly account” to his friend off the things he had learned, seen, experienced and been told.  Luke was one of the first bloggers!

Unlike most of the pieces written today, Luke’s news was of the good variety.  He tells a story of a group of shepherds in first first century Palestine who actually encounter angels.  I know it sounds like something out of National Enquirer, but Luke is an historian, not a tabloid journalist.

The shepherds are told by one of the angels, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

What is the meaning of this statement Luke records? Who is David? Who is Christ? And why in the world did these people need a Savior?

In a nutshell, David was the king of ancient Israel, their greatest. The Jews were waiting for a Messiah, a Savior who would free them. He was to be of David’s line.   This angel was announcing his birth.

The Christ’s name was Jesus.  The Jews had a limited understanding of the nature of their Christ.  Jesus was God, yet fully human, a descendant of David.  He deigned to come to us and experience all the goodness and suffering we encounter.  As God, He would go on to offer freedom, but not the type people were expecting and not just to the Jewish people.  Luke says that is purpose was to offer salvation  to all of us through the forgivness of sins.

We have a lot of freedom in America. Unfortunately we have used it to indulge ourselves, rebelling against God’s desire for us to be righteous, to be a reflection of His attributes.  Since God is righteous, He can’t stand by and not be just.  As God, Jesus will one day return to judge the earth.  As man, He will set up his rule over mankind -God’s kingdom on earth.

God isn’t just a judge.  His righteousness includes His mercy and His love. So Jesus the Christ did something to provide salvation from this judgement.  He grew up and himself took the judgement that we are due for our sins. As God He had the right. As man, he represented all of us.     

This offer of salvation, of freedom from judgement, still stands.  It’s the greatest story ever told.

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