Luke 2:10-11 (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.
11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
The news given to the shepherds by the angels of God, was news that would change the course of all mankind. This news was a declaration of the long awaited Messiah’s entrance into the world resulting in His work which accomplished the redemption of sinners and His reign in the hearts of men.
In our continuing look at Jesus’ first coming to the earth, let’s take two mornings to look at this wonderful announcement of the birth that forever changed the world.
For this morning I would like us to look at the first verse of this grand announcement…
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not:
If we put ourselves in the place of these shepherds, it is no wonder that the first words out the mouth of this angel was “fear not”. What a wonderful, yet fearful event it would be to see an angel appearing out of nowhere to deliver a message to you and your friends. But then, you would hear the comforting words…. “fear not”!
for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”
Why should they not be fearful? It was because the angels had not come to harm them. They had come to deliver news that would hold great benefits and an overflowing joy to the shepherds and the entire world.
In the next verse, we are told that their message was a declaration of the birth of the Messiah.
No wonder they described their message as being one of “great joy”. It would be through the Messiah’s coming, His teachings and His works that men would find eternal life, forgiveness of sins, and peace with God. Of course, these results of the Messiah’s ministry would bring great joy to the hearts of those who would place their trust in Him.
It is this first coming of the Messiah that we will be celebrating in the days ahead. As we enjoy our Christmas exchanging gifts with our family, friends and acquaintances, let’s remember that this is the world’s day to commemorate the greatest gift that was ever given. It was the Messiah, the very Son of God, given by God the Father, for the salvation and rulership of all the world. Let’s keep Jesus in the forefront of our minds as we celebrate His birth on Christmas Day.
May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.
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