By Jim Adelmann
"'And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.' "This joy is not just for Peter and Paul, but for all people. Not just to apostles, prophets, and martyrs does God say, but to you, Come see the Baby Jesus."
In the 16th century Martin Luther wrote these words in a sermon on the Nativity of Christ. With amazing insight on Luke's account of the angelic birth announcement Luther cuts to the heart of the miracle -- God's gracious love and care is not just for the upright and deserving, but for all people.
Take everything else in the Christmas story away -- angels, shepherds, wise men, the star, and the central compelling message remains: no matter who you are or what you've done, no matter how inadequate or unworthy you may feel ... you are the precious and beloved child of God. The Christ-child came to tell you so. The bottom line is that God's love for you is not one iota less than it was for the Baby Jesus himself! May the bliss of this most wondrous truth hit you like a ton of grace.