Those have to be two of my favorite words from the Christmas story. The phrase may be “do not be afraid”, but I’ll take that also!
I love the fact that Christmas removes the need to worry, to be fearful, to dread the future.
Consider these familiar verses of the Christmas story:
But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:20
And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.” Luke 1:12-13
“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.” Luke 1:29-30
“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.” Luke 2:10
Are you fearful this Christmas? Are you worried about the future?
It’s Christmas! Our Savior has come! He has a plan! He’s on His throne.