Today is the first day of my Advent – and as I said yesterday I’m sharing it with all of you.
News! Tidings of comfort and joy.
“A blessed Angel came, and unto certain Shepherds brought tidings of the same: how that in Bethlehem was born the son of God by Name. O tiding of comfort and joy, comfort and joy!’
Have you ever really listened or contemplated the lyrics of some of our favourite Christmas songs. I love LOVE this song. But I love it because of the spirit behind it.
There are two big things that jump out of this song for me.
God’s Rest and Tidings of Comfort and Joy.
One is said eight plus times in this version, and the other is said just once, but conveyed in every moment.
God Rest – God’s Rest. Find rest in knowing the good news that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Find Rest in knowing that Jesus came to “free all those who trust in him”. Find rest in this great news.
noun, ( sometimes used with a singular verb )
news, information, or intelligence
The news that Christ has come, he has arrived to save us. Find comfort in the news that he is here as promised. And rejoice!
Luke 2:10-11 King James Version (KJV)
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
As promised Christ was born to save us. In a time when we’re uncertain of our world, we don’t understand politics or our economy, we have the reminder that Christ was born to save us; that Christ has come.
Have joy; rejoice! Find comfort in the good news that Christ was born. Our hope has come. And find rest in the knowledge that God’s love and our salvation has arrived.
I love the peace that comes over me when I really listen to this song. And I love the spirit behind it. Today I will remember the joy of Christmas; I’m going to focus on the joy of the season; the reason behing the season. I’m going to start to prepare my heart for the amazing gifts that God has for me this season, and focus on the rest I have found in him.
I hope this made you stop and think, even for just a moment. Think about the great news that was delivered to us this season. And rejoice! knowing that we can rest in him for our saviour has arrived.