“The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.’”
“An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’”
There are lots of emotions associated with Christmas: warmth, joy, peace. But the emotion many of the people are feeling in the Biblical Christmas story is fear. The response to this great good news of the coming savior was fear. If you think about it, it makes sense. If it’s true: nothing is the same, your life isn’t your own anymore, your future is not in your own hands. These are scary thoughts.
Scary news can also be good news. The coming of the savior was surely both. The fear has to be dealt with in order to get to the joy. They had to look past their own emotions to focus on the one who was coming: the savior and what was happening, and ultimate act of love.
God knows you totally, He has a plan for you, and He is not ever going to give up on you. These are scary thoughts if we don’t remember that God is good and His love for us the spring of all His aspects. Look past your fear of something big happening and focus on the savior who is bringing them to you.
-Matt from The Bridge