In Luke 2:10 it reads ‘But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’
This is good news for ALL people. The pregnant teenagers, the husbands whose wives seem to have been unfaithful, for the poor who sleep in the fields, or the wealthy who travel by the finest transport. It’s good news for the dictators who are desperately holding on to the little power they have. It’s good news for the village folk who slept through the whole thing and it’s good news for the religious travellers who worship other Gods. Its Good News for those who are searching and those that aren’t. Its Good news for those who want it and those who don’t. It is good news for criminals, murders, pessimists and cynics. It’s good news for the rebels, rioters and warlords. It’s good news for those who say “I’m just not that religious,” or those who only get to gather with us at Christmas. It is also good news for those the church will marry and those whom it won’t, it’s good news for those it will make bishops and those it won’t and it is good news for all those the religious institutions push away and say “this isn’t for you”.
The good news is for ALL people, affluent and broke, the Christian, the Muslim, the educated and the street educated, for the office cleaner and the bank workers. There is no one this isn’t Good News for.
And as soon as we start saying the Good News is only for those who get it, or will play by our rules, or those who understand it, or those who accept it by our terms, it is no longer the Good News. This becomes nothing more than a narrow, elitist religion. Jesus isn’t into religion but he is into invitations to a new thing.
Jesus is Good News for all people. The question isn’t do you understand it, but do you accept it?