Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Fear Not!

Fear again seems to permeate our society. In 2001 we learned to fear terrorism. In 2008 we have learned to fear the economy. Add to those the ongoing fear of raising kids in today's permissive culture, and the fear of failing health, aging parents, or corrupt government officials, and it is hard not to be "running scared."

Therefore, I suggest that the declaration of the angelic host, overseeing the birth of Jesus 2000 years ago, is as needed today as ever.
Fear not, for I bring you good news of great joy which shall be for all people. For you this day, in the city of David, is born for you a Savior, He is Christ, the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)
When the angel Gabriel came to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, his words were "Fear not." (Luke 1:13) When Gabriel appeared to Mary, the mother of Jesus, he said to her, "Fear not." (Luke 1:30) To the shepherds in the field it was "Fear not." (Luke 2:10) Later in the midst of His ministry Jesus declared to His followers Do not be afraid the kingdom is yours (Luke 12:32) And toward the end of His earthly ministry He comforted His grieving disciples by telling them not to fear for He is leaving them His peace. (John 14:27)

Later, the Apostle Paul would write to the fledgling church, that peace with God is available to them and the peace of God is with them. (Philippians 4:4-7) He reminds them that their anxiousness can be comforted as they seek God, lift their needs and hearts before Him, and focus upon that which is good and true and holy. (Philippians 4:8-9)

This peace, the peace that comes from the One who is the Prince of Peace is still available to us today. Our God knew the plague of our hearts was fear. Fear of the future and of the past. Fear of failure and success. Fear of loving well and being loved. Yes, it permeates our lives. But there is Hope...there is Jesus.

May this Christmas, may the declaration of the angels and the words of our Lord sooth and comfort your heart. May you know afresh the reality of Him who is the Prince of Peace. And as we celebrate His first Advent, my our hearts look forward, with peace-filled anticipation to His second Advent.

Maranatha!

1 comment:

Linda : ) said...

Good thoughts. I pray this for you as well.