Do Not Fear

The world we are living in……..mass shootings, terrorism, ISIS, a government that has gone crazy, Christian persecution, no respect for life, anger and hate everywhere.

A town hurting……………loved ones gone, unexplainable accidents, empty places at Christmas dinner.

Families suffering……….the first year without someone, spending Christmas in a hospital or even spending it alone, picking up the pieces after a tornado ripped through your town.

Why?  Why do things happen?

The answer is simple.  SIN.  We live in a broken world and we do not have all the answers.  But the Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 3:23)  Does this mean a young boy died because he sinned.  No, not exactly.  When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, it began.  Sin brings death.  The sin of the world brings death.  BUT, Jesus brings eternal life.

Is there any chance of hope, peace or joy in this world today?  In our town?  In our families? Our hearts?

YES,  only in JESUS!

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27 KJV

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 NLT

…..Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.  Psalm 30:5b ESV

 

Over two thousand years ago this message rang out over a moonlit field in Bethlehem.

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11).

As a multitude of angels made this declaration, joy filled the shepherd’s hearts.  I want you to know, this news if for us too.  Right now in this moment, the announcement rings true for us.  “A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN”.  He brings joy.  He brings peace.  He is the only way.

Jesus was born.  AND there is more to the story.

…….. the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. John 4:14b

He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.  Romans 4:25

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

 

Jesus came to this world as a baby and he grew and lived a sinless life.  Then he died for us.  He look the sin of the world upon himself so we can have eternal life.  Yes, sin brings death, but Jesus gave His life for us so that we can have eternal life, life that never ends.  Jesus conquers sin and death.  We will be with Him forever.  That news brings joy, peace and hope this Christmas season.

I know so many are hurting, may God bring you peace.  Our hope is in HIM and in eternity.  May His joy fill your heart.

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

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