It’s one of the most basic human emotions.  We fear that we will be abandoned and left alone.  We fear that no one hears us, that we don’t matter.  We fear that things will not work out the way we want them to.  We even fear about going to the doctor and speaking in public.

Zechariah feared when he saw an angel appear to him in the temple.  Mary was afraid when she found out about the baby.  Joseph was worried when he decided to stay with Mary despite the social pressure to let her go alone.  The shepherds were terrified when they saw the angel of the Lord in front of them.  Even those who were key players in the ushering in of a Savior were filled with fear.  How can this God of Peace, as we call him, allow fear at the time of his Son’s birth?

Fear.  It’s a basic human response to something that is associated with the emotion of anticipation, an anticipation of pain or danger.  And while there is fear in the story of Christ’s birth, there is also peace.  The shepherd were given over to joy and peace as they visited the baby and told others about him.  Simeon was filled with the peace of God when he saw the baby being brought to the temple on the eight day after his birth.  Mary and Joseph marveled at what Simeon said about Jesus and were filled with peace.

We live in an interesting time of history.  Our Savior has already come, providing salvation and peace to all, but we are not yet taken away from this world of darkness.  We are human, and as long as we are still bound by flesh that is subject to sin, we will have fears of uncertainty and pain.  But remember, as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, that Christ has come, has died, and has conquered all darkness, bringing forth a peace that triumphs over fear.


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