25 Days of Christmas Quotes: Day 20

Luke tells us that when the angel appeared in the field to herald the birth of the Savior, the shepherds became “sore afraid.” (Luke 2:9)

I don’t blame them. Night had fallen. Maybe some of the shepherds – or even most of them – were sleeping. Surely anything out of the ordinary would have caused a commotion.

But even if Christ’s star already burned bright in the sky and the shepherds prodded a fire to keep warm, the darkness must have been palpable that night. And the light emanating from the angel, blinding in contrast.

Unfamiliar with spotlights or headlights, the shepherds might have likened the phenomenon to a lightning storm. Only this time, the lightning didn’t come in bursts, but lingered. And spoke.

The angel’s voice may have roared like thunder in their ears, but the message stilled the storm in their hearts:

“Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” (Luke 2:10)

The shepherds had nothing to fear that night. But did they realize they no longer needed to fear much more frightening things than the angel? The Light of the World would soon conquer ultimate darkness. He would overcome Death and Sin through His atonement, death, and glorious resurrection.

Good tidings of great joy. In hindsight, the statement seems grossly understated.

That night, the angel may only have been trying to calm frightened shepherds. But perhaps the angel was also trying to tell them, and us:

Everything will be all right. Because of the Christ child, in the end everything will be all right.

Fear not.

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