Day 39 in 40 Days of Joy

Thursday, June 8th

Title: The Most Joyful News

Scripture: In the account of the birth of Jesus, Luke 2:6–14 tells of Joseph and Mary coming to Bethlehem,

6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’”

Main Idea: The most joyful news that any person can receive is the announcement of the coming of Jesus Christ.

More: We rejoice because Jesus brings abundant life to those who are dying.

Faith and Worship Declarations: I thank you, O God, that you brought to my ears the message of Jesus Christ, his birth, life, death for our sins, resurrection, and ascension. Above all else I rejoice in the person and work of my Savior Jesus!