Be not afraid. Jesus said it again and again to his followers: “Be not afraid.” When times are troubling, “Be not afraid.” When you feel alone, “Be not afraid.” When the future is unclear, “Be not afraid.” Like bookends on Jesus’ life, from the announcement of his birth to the proclamation of his resurrection, the heavens continually remind us to “Be not afraid.”
The Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, be not afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”
The angel said to Mary, "Be not afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.”
The angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Be not afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”
Again, at the resurrection, like an exclamation point, the angel said to the women at the tomb, “Be not afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”
And finally, the resurrected Lord Jesus himself said to all who would follow him, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and be not afraid.”
When fear rattles across the airwaves, and when worries seem to fill your heart, remember the Holy Infant, the Prince of Peace. This Holy Season reminds you to rest in the arms of a Mighty Savior, born a child and yet a king, our Lord Jesus Christ.