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.”
Now that the busyness of the season is in full swing, it’s difficult to believe, but we know that in two weeks-time we will be back to reality. The feelings of “peace on Earth, goodwill to men,” will be long forgotten as we navigate rush hour traffic. The Christmas Spirit will fade, replaced by a strong dose of reality—bills, health concerns, a steady stream of bad news in our neighborhoods and nation and around the world.
But one of the miracles of Christmas is that it’s a gift that continues long after the holiday season ends. The guests are gone, the decorations put away, and the Christmas tree taken down, but the ministry of Jesus Christ continues in your life.
You see, the Messiah came to save us from our sins and satisfy the longings of our lives. And He came to free us from fear and worry.
But I want to tell you the same thing the angels told the shepherds following Christ’s birth all those years ago: “Fear not … I bring you good news!”
In good times and bad, Jesus is always with you. No matter what your circumstances, you will experience life-changing peace through the Prince of Peace. Jesus came to comfort you, strengthen you, and offer you hope and peace beyond the Christmas season!
If you are struggling in life, you don’t need to be afraid. Immanuel means that God is with you in Jesus Christ. You are never alone. He is your “everyday” Savior!
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