“But the angel said to them, do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people; to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
The shepherds were afraid because an angel appeared to them with a message from God. Imagine the blinding light and overwhelming sense of God’s majesty and holiness. No mistake that this message was from God. A wonderful contrast of the comforting message in the midst of holy fear!
I think about the timeless need for the Christmas message. We still face fears and some may feel overwhelmed with fear. But to everyone the angel says, “do not be afraid”. And you want to know why? Because God is with us! God never leaves us! And God meets us where we are. The shepherds were in the fields working, but wherever we are God comes to us.
This comforting news is for “all people”. Pious church people, grumpy old men, young intellectuals who are sure there is no God, the cold and hungry ones …. you go ahead and finish the thought. No matter who you think of, the message of Christ’s birth is for everyone. So why not shout out the message in the streets and share it in your home. Tell everyone that Jesus Christ is born.