In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.”
—Luke 1:26-31 (ESV)
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 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.”
—Luke 2:8-11 (ESV)
Good News of Great Joy
“Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” Mary was alarmed at the extraordinary and confusing greeting! The angel comforted her saying, “Do not be afraid Mary…” Thus, as she understood the message, she was able to reply, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 (ESV)
Again, in Luke’s narrative, witness the shepherds trembling as the glory of the Lord flashed brilliantly in the night sky. “Fear not, for I bring you good news of great joy!” The angel calmed and encouraged the shepherds. Indeed, the joyful news of the Savior’s birth was truly Good News for all people for all time.
Our days may be disturbed with troubling news. Our hearts may tremble with alarm, but as the angel said to Mary, “nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (ESV)
Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
—Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)
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