Have you ever stopped to think about what it is that makes Christmas so special?
How is it that an event that happened more than 2,000 years ago still has such a profound impact on our world today?
The Bible says God specifically chose the time when Jesus Christ would come to Earth. Christmas was no accident. God was very intentional. He specifically chose the time of Jesus’ birth, and he waited until just the right time to send his son to Earth. Galatians 4:4a says, “When the time had fully come, God sent his son. ”
Over the past 18 to 24 months, anxiety and fear have been on the rise in our nation. What are you worried about these days? A virus? The economy? Your health? How to pay the bills? Are you worried about your kids?
Christmas is a great time to release all of your fear and anxiety. I want to encourage you to listen to the message the angels gave that little band of shepherds on the hillside about 2,000 years ago. “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” ( Luke 2:9-10 )
There are 365 “Fear nots” in the Bible. That is literally one verse for every day of the year. It is interesting that almost every time God talks to somebody in the Bible, one of the first things he says is, “Don’t be afraid.” Maybe that’s because people are so afraid.
Unfortunately, many seem to be afraid of God. Please be reminded today that God loves you. There is no need to be afraid of him. He wants what is best for you. He loves you. Your salvation is his desire.
I suppose there are many reasons why people are so afraid. Christmas comes at the end of one year and the beginning of the next. No one knows what the future holds. From a strictly human standpoint, there may be some very legitimate reasons to be afraid.
But this Christmas, I hope you will hear God whisper in your ear, “Do not be afraid.” The days may be long and hard at times. Life can be tough. Just remember, God is good. He is for you. He has promised he will always be with you. He is on your side. And he is more than able to take care of you.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20‑21).
Steve Greene is the lead pastor at The Point in Seymour. Email him at [email protected] His weekly blog can be found at pastorgreene.wordpress.com. Send comments to [email protected]