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Do Not Be Afraid!

Luke 2:10

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.”

profileChristmas is almost here – only 13 days counting today and Christmas Day!  Are you ready?  Did you remember to NOT GO INTO DEBT FOR CHRISTMAS?  Have you remembered to make sure Jesus is the reason for the season in your home?  If you talk about Santa – is it Saint Nicholas and still pointed to Jesus – the greatest gift ever given?  I’ve heard of several of our families at 1st Church that give their children 3 gifts at Christmas that represent the gifts given to Jesus.

The night of Christ’s birth angels met the shepherds in the field as they watched their flocks.  They were frightened – as I assume most of us would have been – but they were greeted with a do not be afraid proclamation from the angels.  Here is today passage in partial context.

Luke 2:1-15 – 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 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. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

What a great story – what a great message.  Do not be afraid to tell this story to your children and grandchildren.  Do not be afraid to let others know that you believe in this story.  It is the reason for the season!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


December 13, 2013 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. I miss attending a church where you preach. At least I can still read your teachings. Thank you Pastor Ray for being faithful.


    Comment by Mary | December 15, 2013 | Reply

    • Thank you Mary. Your words are encouraging to me. Merry Christmas to you and yours – and may you have a blessed New Year as well!


      Comment by raymcdonald | December 15, 2013 | Reply

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