In the “A Charlie Brown Christmas” television special Charlie Brown cannot get into the spirit of Christmas and eventually exclaims – “Can’t anyone tell me what Christmas is about?” His little brother, Linus, says that he can tell him what Christmas is about.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings
of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’ ” Luke 2:8-14.
It struck me that the angel said “Fear not” in this passage. The angel was, in part, referring to the sudden miraculous appearance of the angel but the good news of Christ’s birth is that believers in Christ no longer have anything to fear. Death, rejection, sickness, sorrow and eternal punishment would be swept away by the crucifixion of Christ which His birth made sure. In its place would be extended an opportunity for reconciliation with God and peace, good will to men and women that simply believe in Christ. What a glorious Christmas message and the greatest gift that ever could be received by anyone.
As the carol, “Hark the Harold Angels Sing” states – “Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled…” is what Christmas is all about. Poor believing sinners have been reconciled to God thru Christ’s death on the cross and the angels announcement heralded not only the Savior’s birth but also this wonderful truth to come.