Do you find yourself afraid? Be honest. Do you look at the world and life in general and find yourself trying to suppress the fear that you feel? One look at the day-to-day realities of terror plots, riots, wars, and viral epidemics and it would take a miracle to not experience fear. But isn’t that one of the beauties of Christmas? A miracle has arrived for mankind that is fully able to remove fear from the heart of man and replace it with a reverent fear!
Let me explain……
If you think about the history of mankind all the way back to the garden of Eden man has battled with fear. After Adam and Eve had committed sin and ate of the forbidden fruit it was fear that became their worst enemy. Genesis 3:8-10 ESV says, “And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” Think about these words:
“I heard the sound of you….and I was afraid”
Why was Adam found afraid? Because he knew that he had sinned. The problem is, instead of openly repenting Adam decided to hide his sin from God but God knew what had occurred. The same image can be painted in describing the situation of mankind. We all, regardless of intelligence, wealth, or skill, are found as sinners before a holy God. Romans 3:23 ESV says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Along with that, Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death!” What a dilemma we find ourselves in! No wonder fear is the reaction to such a reality! However, this is the ultimate reality:
The coming of Christ is the antidote for fear now and forever.
How can this be so? We only need to go back to the night that Christ was born to understand. On that night an angel of the LORD appeared to humble shepherds. As a result, the shepherds found themselves afraid. But the response of the angel is magnificent! Looking at Luke 2:10-11 ESV, Scripture says, “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” What beautiful words! FEAR NOT! Not only do we see these words here but we see the same exhortation in the appearance of the angel to Zechariah and also to Mary. The message is the same, “FEAR NOT!”. How does the arrival of Christ remove fear?
The answer is simple and is the promise of Christmas. The arrival of Christ was the door to salvation for a world that had to hide in fear because of sin. It was as if all of mankind, not just Adam and Eve, was hiding in the trees of the garden due to fear. But Christ came for that very reason. Romans 5:8 ESV tells us, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person- though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die- but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” Christ came that we may stop hiding in fear and stand victorious over sin through the grace of God!
Take the words of the angel to heart this season and every day. Have you allowed Christ to remove fear in your life through salvation? We no longer stand in fear if the blood of Jesus Christ covers over our reason to be afraid.