Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” Luke 2:10
The angel’s message is just as relevant today as it was those 2000 years ago. A great light has dawned, and the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.
With such an amazing opportunity in this life to know Salvation, it’s hard to believe people remain so resistant to the Gospel message. Deliverance from the bondage to sin and the darkness of the soul seems like an attractive scenario – especially to those who have made already made the great exchange.
What holds people back? Often it is fear. The fear of giving up something that’s thought to bring value to one’s life, the fear of never having “fun,” or having to adhere to a long list of dos and don’ts.
What initially held you back from surrendering all?
The message, “Do not be afraid,” is meant to bring a release from the fear of experiencing something new. The shepherds had ever experienced a supernatural encounter with angels before, so the angel had to give the comforting words – do not fear.
Those sitting in the darkness of separation from God need to hear those words. They need to be comforted with the knowledge that coming to God through Jesus Christ is freedom, life, healing, and restoration. Giving up your old, destructive ways is easy when you love and are loved.
I don’t know about you, but I need to hear those words in some areas of my life right now. Currently, there is uncertainty in a couple of areas, and if I sit and dwell upon them, I can quickly veer off into the ditch of worry, fear, and anxiety.
But my spirit speaks the truth: Do not fear!
I choose to trust God in these things because He never fails; He is on my side, and He fulfills His promises.
The Good News came for all people, not just for a certain few. Today, we as believers have a dual purpose as ambassadors of this kingdom of light. First, it is to steward the Gospel to those who have not yet heard or accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. And second, it is to apply the message and truth of salvation in our daily lives and situations.
As we walk fearlessly in the face of harrowing circumstances, our actions give our words power and authority.
Whatever situation you are facing today, let me tell you, “Do not fear!”