Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is … Announce.
The dictionary defines the word as “to make known publicly or officially.”
The angel did an effective job of making the coming birth of Christ known. He made several announcements. To Zacharias, he said:
“The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.” (Luke 1:19, NASB)
And to the shepherds, he said:
“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people … “ (Luke 2:10, NASB)
The birth of Christ was described in each announcement as “Good News” and as I type those words, the lyrics come to mind:
“Good news, good news
An angel brings good news
Good news, good news
I meet you with good news.”
(from the song, “Good News”, as sung by Avalon)
In a time when all that is going on around us is discouraging, we need Good News. We must fight to hold onto our faith, not letting the world drain us of our faith or hope.
May we remember anew the promise we have been given in a Savior who came to us to bring us good news!