The angels took the good news of Christmas to a handful of people, but after that first Christmas, God entrusted the message to His people to deliver to all the world. They were to go and spread the word that the King has come, a King for the whole world. To anyone who believes, He will give the power to become a child of God.
Yet for us, Christmas sometimes becomes a time to protect time with our people, avoiding outsiders. The checkout clerk in the store is in the way of our celebration of Christmas. The annoying coworker at our Christmas party is standing between us and the celebration we want to enjoy. We often forget that Christmas is a message of great joy and good news for the very people we want to avoid.
Spend some time meditating on the better-ness of our Savior. Jonah went into the darkness of the ocean depths because he disobeyed. Jesus went into the darkness of eternal depths because He obeyed. Jonah came with a message of condemnation. Jesus came with a message of salvation. The people believed God’s message and repented, so God did not destroy them. The people rejected God’s message and did not repent, so God destroyed Jesus in order to spare them.
All of us have “Ninevites” in our own lives, people that deep down in our hearts we don’t think should receive the grace and forgiveness of Jesus.
This Christmas, we celebrate a Messiah who didn’t just die for you and the people you love, but for people from every tribe and tongue and nation. He died for His enemies. He died for mothers and murderers, aid workers and adulterers, presidents and pedophiles.