There’s a difference between advice and news. Advice is counsel about what you should do. News is a report about what’s already been done. Advice tells you to make something happen. News tells you something has already happened. Advice says you need to act. News says somebody else has already acted.
Let’s say there’s an invading army coming to town. What the town needs is military advice. We need advisors. We need someone to explain to us: okay, the trench works go there and the troops need to be positioned here, you need to put snipers up there and move the tanks down here. You need to do those things to be saved.
But what if a great and powerful King intercepts the invading army and destroys it? What does the town need then? We don’t need advisors, we need messengers. And the Greek word for messengers is angelos. Angels. And the messengers don’t say, “Here’s what you need to do.” They say, “We bring you good news of great joy that’s for all the people! Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you! He is Christ, the Lord!”
In other words, stop running, stop hiding, stop building fortresses and stockpiling weapons. Stop trying to save yourself. The King has already done it! The King has come now and you are saved!
Something has happened. Something has been done. And it totally changes everything.
Glory to God in the highest! And on earth peace to all people!