This Christmas… may you come to the realization we are not to have fear but to have joy! Three times angels told people not to fear: working people (Shepherds… considered the lowest social strata there was), Mary and then Joseph in a dream. The difference between these three times was the heavenly Host of angels was also seen by the Shepherds. Truly, when an angel, God’s messenger and Herald, is gathered with more than one of his kind is when all mankind should understand this as being a monumental event in human history- it was when the first time Immanuel (the Messiah), God with us, came to Earth to life among us. The biggest reason to cause fear was seeing the angels (here and near- present) to begin with. When something happens and it is not normal, being an every day occurrence, to our routine… it can be shocking- so shocking as to cause mortals to fear.
Definitions have not changed… today, see below.
Fear: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
See what is coming from the Bible, and (primarily the Jewish culture) what could have been found in its extremes here.
When the angel made his proclamation. as a Herald for his King, it is recorded in Luke below. Not only did this location come through the lineage of David but it was a fulfilling of the prophetic word (the promise of God) this would come to pass. Bethlehem was also known as ‘the house of bread.’
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:13-18 (King James Version)
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
Psalm 56:11 KJV In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
1 Peter 3:14 KJV But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
John 14:27 KJV Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
There was a man named Simeon, promised by the Holy Spirit he would not die until he had seen the Messiah, and his words found below…
Luke 2:29-35 (King James Version)
29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. 33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
Have you not ‘Joy’… as it should be known by those who might lay themselves to the claim they are christian? True ‘Joy’ comes from sure belief in Jesus Christ as our Savior… our Messiah… our God.
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
Of the condition fitting all men, being either of the lowest class (as the Shepherds were considered to be) or of the noble class (these are embodied by the worship of the wisemen… bearing gifts), where do ‘YOU’ fit in? After all… Jesus came as the Savior for the world but He came to look for us all individually. For us to realize we have a personal God in Jesus, to know He knows our name.
John 10:3 KJV To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
1 Peter 4:14 KJV If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
Isaiah 66:5 KJV Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name‘s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
What have we to fear if we are known by the God that created heaven and Earth… the vastness of the universe and it moves to the regularity of that which it was designed to do. The Christmas Story is to tell mankind the infinite came to be among the finite (us), to live and die for the sins we have- and then to rise and show us what hope we have in Him. This is an eternal hope… a hope that is not prevented by death or consumed by the grave. Life does continue… will you come to His belief willingly or throw the gift away? I pray you will consider it worthy… worth what little effort you might do (knowing the debt can never be paid… it is already at great cost) is done from the love He gives us to be our example to the world. Merry Christmas! (D.V.)
Your Brother in Christ Jesus,
P.S. For this REASON has this message been told… Maranatha!
Colossians 1:10-22 (King James Version)
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: