Don’t be afraid! I bring you good news.
The shepherds were terrified when an angel appeared, but the angel reassured them, “I bring you good news.” This promise from the angel marks the beginning of many people experiencing and sharing the good news about Jesus’ birth. Jesus’ birth reminds us that he is still the good news that is available to all people, everywhere, all the time.
Three times in the Christmas story angels had to tell people – “Don’t be afraid!” People are often afraid of God interacting in the world or in their lives. An ‘act of God’ is the name we give to a natural disaster. Being ‘struck by lightning’ is the common joke when we think God doesn’t like someone. The birth of Jesus reframed people’s expectations of God and their experience of him. This Christmas season we’ll remember that Jesus is still God’s good news for the world.
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