Luke 2: 10-12
“10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
The shepherds were terrified by the presence of the angels, but the angels reached out to them, telling them not to be afraid.
When God directly intervenes in the world our first reaction is fear. This is because God’s intervention is unexpected, unusual, and, to be honest, scary. Are we afraid of God’s messengers or are we afraid of God’s message? Or both? God’s messengers may not look like the messengers in our heads. And God’s message may not always be the message we want to hear.
God’s message normally involves change; change for the world, and change for us. The coming of Christ offers us the possibility of change ; it offers us the possibility to stop the charade of righteousness under the law and to change for real; to change our hearts; to transform us with God’s help into a new creation in Christ.
So, this Christmas season, remember the message of the angels. Do not be afraid. Hope has been born unto you.
May the love of Christ be with you,
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)