Do not fear
“Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
So, it’s only two days until Christmas and of course everywhere you go, you can hear Christmas music as a constant reminder that it is almost here. There are a couple of thoughts that have really touched my heart this year about Christmas. The first idea is how the angels were strategically placed to be ready to make the announcement the instant the baby was born. As soon as baby Jesus took His first breath, an angel of the Lord was sent to a nearby field where the shepherds were. It was nighttime, but the angel didn’t wait to see if the shepherds were awake or sleeping, he just stood there until someone noticed him. (I’m sure it didn’t take long.) Of course, the first thing he says is “Don’t be afraid” because it was obvious that they were. He quickly went on with the news he had been waiting to tell all evening as the angels waited for the baby to be born. He said I have some really exciting news and it’s good news for all people! (not just the Hebrew people) Then he tells them that their Savior is born. God in flesh. The Creator has become part of His creation. After that he is joined by a choir of angels and they all rejoice together! What a celebration!!
The second thought is what a great miracle it was and is still today and will be for all eternity. God had made this plan from the beginning of creation – to become a man. He must have been as full of joy as the angels were as He watched and anticipated Jesus’ birth. I have always known that it was good news for us, the people who needed a Savior. However, up until this year, I hadn’t considered how God the Father must have rejoiced. Now when I think about Him, I consider how He had been waiting for this moment longer than any person on the earth. He had talked about it from the beginning of time. He told His prophets for thousands of years. We see these words throughout the Old Testament as prophecies or predictions of what was to come. However, the truth is the prophets were writing what was in God’s heart. God was talking to them about this glorious day! He made the announcement that He was coming to make things right almost continuously throughout the scriptures. God was coming to live with us, to be in a body and likeness of people and to experience the things we experience. He wanted a relationship with us so in order to accomplish that, He took on flesh. He loves us that much! His heart was to make a creation that He could become a part of not just to rule over, but to live with and be a family. He made us so He could be our God and Father! It was joy in His heart to become a man! Hebrews 12:2 says, “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” This is a new and joyous revelation to me!!
Today I want to encourage you to consider that great love our Heavenly Father has for us. He didn’t just come to save us, although that was the most important thing to us. He came because He wanted to become a person with a family. Keep this in mind as Christmas day approaches and rejoice with our Father for His wonderful plan that was accomplished the night Jesus was born in the earth. Thank Him for the plan He has for the future days in the world and give glory to Him that we will one day live with Him forever!
Today’s scripture ready: Luke 2:8-14