Luke 2:9-12 NKJV And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. (10) Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. (11) For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (12) And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
Can you imagine just minding your own business doing your job while at work and all of a sudden an angel just shows up and immediately you are surrounded by the glory of the Lord? These shepherds were just regular people doing their normal day to day function when their whole night was turned upside down by something totally unexpected. When the unexpected occurs and you’re faced with a situation you’ve never dealt with before there is a definite opportunity to become afraid. Even if it is supernatural experience containing God’s glory and angels one can become afraid… but no matter the situation when the unexpected occurs we don’t have to be afraid.
We never have to fear because of what the angel that appeared to those shepherds said next. “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great you which will be to all people…” These shepherds didn’t have to fear because some good news was coming their way. You see one of the reasons people begin to fear with something unexpected happens is because they immediately begin to think that it has to be bad news or the situation is hopeless… Too many times people immediately gravitate to the negative instead of listening to or remembering the GOOD NEWS. Don’t focus on the negative. Get back to the reality of the glorious victorious nature of His news.
The message that the angel brought those shepherds that night hasn’t changed, though it has been completed. The divine gift of Christ our Lord was given to all people. He grew up and gave His life on behalf of man bringing the best of good tidings our redemption and justification through faith in Him. The savior was born and the savior gave His life to save and the savior was raised from the dead so we can forever live with Him in God’s presence.
The angel told those shepherds, Fear Not a baby has been born. Now that same angel would tell you, Fear Not a baby was born who has brought great joy to all people who believe in Him, Christ Jesus the Lord.