“Fear Not”: Bringing Good News This Christmas

Sheperds in the field

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.  And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”   (Luke 2: 8-14, ESV)

Fear not. . . I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Such a simple message.

Fear not.

Good news.

Great joy.

For all people.

Savior.

Christ the Lord.

But I manage to forget this simple message every year at Christmas. No wait . . . I manage to lose the message every day . . . every hour . . . .

And if I forget the real message of Christmas, I who know it and believe it and try to live into it, then how can I share the same message with those who have not heard, who do not know it or do not believe it?

Fear takes over once again. And I lose grip on those last two phrases.

Savior. Christ the Lord.

He is the Good News. He has come to save–to save me from my fear and forgetfulness and mistrust and unbelief and guilt and . . . .

 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Amen.