Christmas Means Fear Not
Luke 1:11, 30
December 22, 2002
I'd like to invite your attention today in God's word to the Gospel according to Luke, Luke chapter one. Today I'm going to speak on this subject, "Christmas Means Fear Not". Christmas means fear not. You know, it would be pretty easy today to be afraid just if you watch the news. Turn on one of these cable channels and about every five minutes they tell you we're under a different terrorist alert. Or, in just a matter of hours we may go to war with Iraq. It seems like the predominant emotion today in the world is the emotion of fear. But you know the good news of Christmas is that God says, "Fear not", Luke 1:11. The Christmas story as far as Luke is concerned begins with this man names Zacharias, a priest of God. He's ministering in the temple. Verse 11 says, "and there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him." And I would just say that if you saw an angel of the Lord, an angel of the Lord so mighty and so powerful, you would certainly be awestruck. I could imagine that you or I would be filled with fear, just so startled and amazed at a mighty angel of the Lord. "But the angel said unto him, Fear not".
What you're going to see in the Christmas story this morning is that every time an announcement is made about the birth of Christ, about Christmas, they always prefaced the announcement with the words fear not, or do not be afraid. Why is it that the message of Christmas was do not be afraid? Well the answer is because the world at that time was so filled with fear. People had so much to be afraid of. "But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord."
Now you know Christmas is a wonderful season of the year. And I guess there are about three positions people take about Christmas. Of course there are those who are just gung ho about Christmas. I mean there are people who can't wait for Christmas to come. They spend eleven months out of the year preparing for Christmas. They love all the waving Santas. They love all the snowmen in every yard. They love the music blaring from the walls and the ceilings of every mall. They love "It's a Wonderful Life" being shown on the television channels. They love the Muppet specials on every television station. They love Christmas and everything about it.On the other extreme there are those Scrooges who can't stand Christmas, who refuse to celebrate Christmas, who say, "Bah humbug" about the whole thing. They don't want to have anything to do with Christmas. They say it's commercialized, that even Christians shouldn't celebrate it. It's a pagan holiday. W ...
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