Luke 2:8 - 14 is one of the most well-known passages of scripture, thanks to Linus:
It's King James, of course, which is actually my favorite rendering of that passage, just because it's so poetic.
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people (v. 10)
We have gone full circle...back to Eve's promise that the deliverer would come and Abraham's promise that his offspring would bless all nations.
The message of joy is for all people..the Savior has been born.
I'm reminded of God's words to Moses in Ex. 3: I have seen...I have heard...I know their sorrow...I am come...
The promise that He would come was fulfilled that night; now we are standing on His promise to return.
Advent is not just about anticipating the coming of the Baby...it is about anticipating the coming of the Savior.
Another favorite King James passage...John 14: 1 -3:
Let not your hearts be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would've told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may also be.
Approximately 2000 years had passed between the promise to Abraham and the angel's announcement of the great joy, to all people. Now another 2000ish years have passed, and we are waiting for another joyous, time-changing appearance of the Savior.
Surely, I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Rev. 22:20b)