Don’t be afraid! You have found favour with God.

Don’t be afraid! You have found favour with God.

Mary is confused and disturbed when an angel appears, but the angel reassures her, “You have found favour with God.” This promise from the angel marks the beginning of Mary’s pregnancy with Jesus, the Son of God. Jesus’ birth reminds us that God has made a way for us to be reconciled to him. He looks favourably on us because of Jesus.

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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