Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries3 Minutes

“An angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them . . . they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.’” Luke 2:8-10 NASB

How many reasons were there to be afraid? Working in the dark, the shepherds could not know with certainty what they would face from moment to moment. They knew, from experience, how quickly dangers could emerge, how quickly a serene night could provide the backdrop to deadly attacks.

They lived in uncertain times, in a society surrounded by Roman soldiers, and a government controlled by Rome. In their recent past, rebellions had arisen. Would there be peace in their time? Or war? They had every reason to fear their king. For Herod could be violent, even putting family members to death. Who might be his next victims?

And what were the fears in their personal lives? Declining health or failing relationships? Financial worries? Mistakes? Important decisions? Conflicts?

Then, suddenly, an angel stood before them. They weren’t just afraid, but “terribly frightened.” But, when the angel spoke, he addressed their fear.

He was bringing them news that changed everything. Instead of thinking about uncertainty, he called them to focus on God. Fulfilling the promise made centuries earlier, He was sending His Son into the world. This was “Christ the Lord.” This was “good news of great joy.” And the angel was joined by “a multitude of the heavenly hosts” as together they praised God.

After the shepherds went to see this child, they too joined in the celebration. No longer afraid, their hearts were filled with praise. And they were compelled to share the news with others.

What fears do you have? What uncertainties do you face? Today, remember that God sent Jesus that you might have peace. Celebrate the Good News that He has sent Jesus, to be your savior, the savior of the world.


Prayer: Father, thank You for taking away my fears. Thank You for Your peace. Thank You for sending Jesus into this world. I worship and praise You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.