Read Psalm 130. TEXT: But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid Zechariah ...." (Luke 1:13a).
Zechariah stands trembling in terror. His good intentions and his blameless life mean nothing now. The angel's holiness fills him with a painful awareness of his impure heart, mind and soul. With rising dread he waits to hear the angel explain the reason for this startling appearance.
The angel does not keep Zechariah waiting in suspense. Immediately, he says, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah." Because of Zechariah's trust in God's salvation, the Lord was pleased to accept his offering of incense. He did not send His angel to punish him, but to bring him amazing good news.
When you experience good times in life are you waiting on pins and needles for the other shoe to drop? Do you live in fear, carrying an enduring dread of what is coming on the horizon? God has come to remove that fear and dread once and for all.
The whole theme of this Christmas season is "Do not be afraid." In the coming days as we retrace the story of our Savior's birth, we will see other angel visitations, and each time hear those same words: "Do not be afraid."
God is not out to get you. He sent His Son to save you, to fill your earthly life with peace, hope and joy. When this life ends, He will remove your impurity forever. You will experience eternal joy in His presence-all because of Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection.
THE PRAYER: Lord God, thank You that You do not come to me in great power and wrath, but in a Baby filled with tender love and mercy-Your dear Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
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