Monday, December 22, 2014

Because of Jesus~

 Maybe, it was because the messenger was an angel.

Maybe, it was because the message was beyond all human comprehension.

Maybe, it was both.

But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
~Luke 1:30-32

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
~Luke 2:10

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
~Matthew 28:5-6

Mary.

The shepherds.

The women at the empty tomb.

All, greeted with the words "Do not be afraid".


As I ponder these three particular angelic encounters, I see something I've never noticed before.

There it is -
in each heavenly message,
the gift of salvation.

Conception.
Birth.
Death and resurrection.


Maybe, it was because the messenger was an angel.

Maybe, it was because the message was beyond all human comprehension.

Maybe, it was both.


Or  maybe,
maybe,
it was because of Jesus.

Because of Jesus, we don't have to be afraid.

Do not be afraid, you have found favor with God.
Do not be afraid, this is God's way of sharing the Good news of peace and joy with the world around you.
Do not be afraid, not even death can hold you back or separate you from what God is doing.

 Because of Jesus, we don't have to be afraid.

When God places a seed of destiny inside us, we don't have to be afraid.
When God is birthing something new in us and through us or around us, we don't have to be afraid.
When God has closed a door, buried a dream, or taken our very last breath, we don't have to be afraid.

The angel spoke it to Mary, the shepherds, and the women at the tomb.

God speaks it to you and I today.

Do not be afraid.

Whatever God is doing, we can trust Him.
Wherever God is leading, we can follow Him.
Whenever God is calling, we can answer Him with a resounding, "Yes, Lord!" -
because of Jesus.

Because Jesus was conceived in a young virgin,
because His birth was announced to shepherds on a hillside,
because He is no longer is in the tomb,
but in Heaven,
sitting on the right side of God the Father,
we do not have to be afraid!

Maybe this is the message of the angel:
the gospel of the Good News, proclaimed to the world.

Immanuel.

God is with us.

Jesus has come.

We have nothing to fear.

"Do not be afraid."











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