|But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."|
We can think of the people in biblical times as more prone toward angelic visits or children in mangers. But they were just as unnerved by the announcement of the birth of Christ as we would be. "Do not be afraid" is one of the most consistent commands in the Bible. It seems that the heavenly realm is so different from ours that we have to be told not to run away! When the gospel is proclaimed the heavens open up in our world and people have to be assured to not be afraid. For those who are able to conquer their fear and not run away, the good news of a Savior will create great joy in our hearts, for it is the reality of God's kingdom on the earth. Joy to the world, let earth receive her king!
Today's commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, Grace NYC
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