He Came for All People

By: Bill Dalgetty

Luke 2:10

Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news and great joy that will be for all people.

This is what the angel said to the shepherds when announcing the birth of Jesus.  The good news was not just for the shepherds or the Jews, but for all people. 

“All people” included the unbelieving and pagan world of the Roman and Greek cultures at the time.  It included people who later became Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu.  It includes the atheists of our day. Whether they know it or not, Jesus is everyone’s savior. 

For us, “everyone” includes the check-out clerk in the grocery store, the telephone solicitor we hang up on, the person at work who is difficult to get along with, the person asking for money outside the metro station, the person who talks during church services or the children who can’t sit still.  “Everyone” includes those who think differently than we do politically and even those who wish to do us harm.

Lord, when I see the people you put in my life, let me look upon them with the understanding that you came just as much for them as for me.  It doesn’t matter who they are, their religion, race, position or financial status.  Your offer of salvation and new life is available to them.  I should use the opportunity to introduce them to you first through my conduct and second by my word as you give me the opportunity.  John’s gospel tells us that all who accept you, Lord Jesus, and believe on your name are sons of God (John 1:12).

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Do you look at the people you encounter daily in your life as those for whom Jesus came?