And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10, ESV)
How many times have you felt unnoticed? It might happen pretty often. When I feel that way, sometimes my mind goes back to the birth of Jesus. The greatest event the world had ever seen—God with us, God manifest in the flesh HERE—went largely unnoticed. If not for the angels speaking these powerful words to the shepherds, the world would have heard nothing about His arrival among us.
But the world would notice in time. It started slowly: a few disciples, then a few small towns, and eventually all of Judea. The words, the miracles, and the character of Jesus couldn’t be contained! In fact, there came a time that everyone would notice—at least in Jerusalem. As Jesus hung on the cross, and the sun failed for 3 hours (this wasn’t an eclipse), the people noticed. The centurion noticed, and he had seen enough to declare Jesus a righteous Man. And soon, the entirety of humanity will notice when Jesus returns.
I leave you with this thought: He, the greatest of all men, noticed me. And it went far beyond that. He loved me. He died for me. He saved me. What better news and what better joy is there than that?