“Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people.” (Luke 2:10)
These are the words of the angel who appeared to shepherds in the region where Mary gave birth to Jesus. The angel told the shepherds that Jesus had come for all people.
The “good news” was not just for the shepherds or the Jewish people, but for all people. All people included the unbelieving and pagan world of the Roman and Greek cultures at the time. It included the Magi, educated and wealthy, and believed to have come from Persia.
Jesus is everyone’s savior.
The prophet Isaiah says that Jesus came for the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, those who mourn and grieve, and those who are in despair and darkness. He says that Jesus wants to give them a crown of beauty and a garment of praise so that they may become oaks of righteousness. (Is. 61:1-3)
While Jesus walked this earth he did exactly what Isaiah said. Today, he expects to continue to do this, but through us by the power of his Holy Spirit.
For us, “everyone” includes the check-out clerk in the grocery store, the telephone solicitor who we hang up on, the person at work who is difficult to get along with, the person asking for money outside the metro station, the person who talks during church services or the children who can’t sit still. “Everyone” includes those who think different politically than we do and even the terrorists who wish to do us harm.
Lord, when I see the people you put in my life, let me look upon them with the understanding that you came for them just as you came for me. It doesn’t matter who they are, what their religion, race, position or financial status is. Your offer of salvation and new life is available to them. Let me use the occasion to introduce them to you through my conduct and words as you give me the opportunity.
John’s Gospel tells us that all who accept the Lord Jesus, and believe on his name will become sons of God. (John 1:12)
Do you look on the people you encounter in your life as people Jesus came for?