“Glad Tidings!” The expression evokes days of old when life was simpler. Images of warm hearths and hearts, children playing, carolers caroling, halls trimmed, the smell of sweet spice filling the song-filled air… at least in the movies.
Here’s the real deal we need to challenge from as leaders…
The world is in trouble. There is evil. Life is hard. Everything from too much month at the end of the money, loved-ones getting cancer, to the increasing scourge of global terrorism, we are constantly faced with the facts of our fallen world. Is there any good news to be heard in the world today? Are there any glad tidings as in days of yore? YES! Now, more than ever!
There is a Savior. The angel, Gabriel, first came with these “tidings” to the priest, Zechariah and his wife, Elisabeth. They would have a son who would be the one to bring yet more tidings, preparing the way for the one the prophets had spoken of. Somehow, it just sounds better “old school” in the KJV…
“And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.” (Luke 1:11-19, KJV)
These glad tidings were a whisper of hope leading to a roar of victory by the One Gabriel spoke of, the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
What does hope sound like in a world so broken? How do we herald these tidings to those all around us who are hurting so deeply and searching so desperately? In Glad Tidings Part 2 we will explore how to share “…good news of great joy…”