What a wonderful opening statement! "Good tidings" means there is good news to share and, when we hear it, "great joy" or jubilant excitement will result. The birth of our Savior was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophesy. It was highly anticipated but no one really knew when that day would come. Imagine living in Biblical times to witness the current events take place. That headline would be #1 in all tabloids and street corner talk for a LONG time. Wise men chose to travel a very long way to see the new Babe, bring gifts, bow down and worship the Promised One. Others felt threatened by a new ruler and sought to "eliminate the intruder".
But how would Jesus be received today? In similar circumstances, it just might be the same - no fanfare, mixed emotions, some come to worship and some seek to kill Him. Let's celebrate the new life and hope Jesus has given to us. He's no longer that baby in a manger but our soon coming King of Kings. Remember that Jesus is the reason for the season! Take time to thank God for the wonderful gift of His Son.
Brotherhood is anticipating "great joy" in 2014 as we spread the "glad tidings" through gospel music. Lots to do for Him as we walk in the path He makes for us. We trust the Lord to open church doors and share the right words and songs with those in need of inspiration, encouragement and life everlasting opportunities. He's done so before and He will continue to do so... if we are faithful. We look forward to seeing you at a Brotherhood concert in your area soon.
Stay well, be blessed and be a blessing. A Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! FYI... remember to "make friends" with Brotherhood on Facebook.