We live in a world that is full of evil. Events often unfold that leave us confused and often fearful. But let me take you to an event that may help us all work through the variety of world issues that can leave us worried and fearful. Let me take you to the Christmas story…specifically to the story of the shepherds.
As you recall from the book of Luke, a group of shepherds were watching their sheep in the field. Suddenly, an angel appeared and according to the Bible, the shepherds were terrified. You see it’s not just present day folks who are scared of unexpected events. It is part of human nature to be frightened about things we don’t understand. But what did the angel say to the shepherds? It was a simple message. Don’t be afraid…I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior has been born today in Bethlehem.
The issue of fear is one we all face; from the shepherds in the Christmas story to all of us who now get real-time media reports of the terrible events taking place throughout the world. Yet again, the Bible cautions us about this spirit of fear. The book of Timothy tells us, God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and self-discipline.
With the birth of our Savior, we can triumph over fear. Let me again repeat the same message delivered to the shepherds. Don’t be afraid…the Savior has been born today in Bethlehem. We serve a risen Savior, Jesus Christ who has dominion over fear. Nothing that the world can produce surprises Christ.
So celebrate Christmas and the joy of knowing that our Savior has given us a spirit of power, not fear. Rejoice in the birth of our Savior who has already defeated the power of fear and instead brought us power, love, and great joy. Celebrate this Christmas like never before because we serve a remarkable King.