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St. Luke 2: 10 (KJV)
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
It is noted that ‘Fear’ has ever been the bane of human existence on earth, ever since the fall from Eden. Man is born with only two fears, that of falling and that of a loud noise; but, to these, his experience quickly adds many more, and his fertile imagination countless others. The calming of mortal fears has frequently engaged God’s concern, as in this instance through his angels.
There is a kind of fear towards God from which we must not wish to be free. There is that lawful, necessary, admirable, excellent fear which is always due from the creature to the Creator, from the subject to the king, and from the child toward the parent. To have a holy awe of our most holy, just, righteous, and tender parent is a privilege, not a bondage. Godly fear is not the “fear which hath torment;” perfect love doth not cast out, but dwells with it in joyful harmony. The fear which is to be avoided is slaving fear–that trembling which keeps us at a distance from God, which makes us think of Him as a Spirit with whom we can have no communion, as a Being who has no care for us except to punish us, and for whom consequently we have no care except to escape if possible from His terrible presence.
The design of this exhortation is to alleviate their fear. For, though it is profitable for the minds of men to be struck with awe, that they may learn to “give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name,” (Psalms 29:2😉 yet they have need, at the same time, of consolation, that they may not be altogether overwhelmed. For the majesty of God could not but swallow up the whole world, if there were not some mildness to mitigate the terror which it brings. And so, the reprobate fall down lifeless at the sight of God, because he appears to them in no other character than that of a judge. But to revive the minds of the shepherds, the angel declares that he was sent to them for a different purpose, to announce to them the mercy of God. When men hear this single word, that God is reconciled to them, it not only raises up those who are fallen down, but restores those who were ruined, and recalls them from death to life.
The fear these shepherds experienced is the fear of a sinner struck by the glory of God’s holiness. It’s the fear of unworthiness before God. This fear rises in the heart when a person is confronted with his own sins, is condemned by God’s Law, and threatened with God’s wrath and punishment. Yet here no word of Law is even needed. Simply the reflecting glow of God’s holiness from the angel so recently in the Divine presence conveys this message and ushers in complete terror.
Let us remember that God’s presence is with us all the time, not just at Christmas, although there are so many times we cannot see it. The presence of God was made available to us when Jesus was born. “Fear not, for unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
So, this Christmas, are you aware of God’s purpose? Do you know God’s promise, as it was fulfilled through His Son? Is God present in your life? The word of God to you today is “Fear not! Jesus has been born! God has entered the world—and you don’t have to be afraid, anymore. This is the message God emphasized to those present at the birth of His Son, Jesus: “Fear not
Have a great and God filled day!