‘But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”’ Luke 2:10

‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.’ John 1:14

On an unremarkable night, in a small village in the Middle East, God sent His Son to be born of a woman. The greatness of this mystery is so deep that it would take an eternity to explore, but the circumstances of his birth were so humble – so ordinary – that it is barely believable!

What does the incarnation show us about who God is? Firstly, God is involved locally and concretely. This is good news because we can trust that He is involved in our day-to-day experiences. As the psalmist says to God, “You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.”

Secondly, the incarnation also proves that God is knowable; He has a face and a name and even a birthplace! Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father”. In fact, Jesus is the “exact representation of [God’s] nature”! Jesus has lifted the veil and now we can see God more clearly..

Finally, the coming of Jesus is proof of God’s immeasurably great love for humanity. ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son...’ Jesus came because He loves you!

Nayan

An avid listener of Iraq FM (one of Feba’s partner stations), Nayan* was in a dark place. She survived a traumatic childhood and the weight of her experience led her to try and commit suicide several times. While listening to one of Iraq FM’s programmes, she sensed God speaking to her. Soon after, Jesus appeared to her in a vivid dream.

Nayan dreamt that she was sitting in her house with her family, and a man came to her, saying, “Come here.” The man led Nayan to a door and she opened it. She saw a group of people worshipping, and the man told her, “I want you to be here with these people.” Nayan replied, “Who are you?” He said, “I am the light of life! I want you to give me everything in your heart.”

Nayan called the Iraq FM team hoping for an interpretation of the dream. She remained afraid and unconvinced after speaking with them, so the team prayed that God would give a confirmation of the meaning of her dream.

When the team made a follow-up call to Nayan they were amazed at what they heard. She had had the same dream, but the man in the dream had said one more thing: “Do not be afraid, I will be with you!”

After this answer to prayer, Nayan was completely convinced and wanted to follow Jesus. Guided by the team, she prayed a prayer of salvation - accepting Christ as her saviour.


Pray

- Thank God that the Good News continues to change people’s lives every day!
- Pray that Iraq FM will be able to reach and encourage more people.
- Ask God to encourage Nayan and strengthen her faith.


Share

Recall the experience of when Jesus first entered your life story and share it with one or more people. Why not give someone a call to tell them about it, or write it down and send it to someone?

Share your first experience of hearing the Good News on Feba’s Facebook page and let more people be encouraged by your story, using the hashtag #FebaAdvent

*name changed for security purposes