The theme for the third week of Advent is JOY:
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “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 2:8–11 NIV
Imagine a peaceful night in the fields near the little town of Bethlehem. Shepherds rest under a starlit sky, some sleeping wrapped in their cloaks, the occasional bleating of a hungry lamb the only sound interrupting the silence, and then—suddenly, a light appears so bright and vibrant that it turns night to day!
Now, imagine yourself in a similar situation: tucked into bed on the edge of sleep, and the room bursts into a fireball.
Terrified? Of course you are!
And so were the shepherds.
An angel became visible in the light, and the angel said, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy.”
DO. NOT. BE. AFRAID.
Those words . . .
Today, we live in a world that gives us reason to be afraid. But the angel’s words, spoken all those years ago, still apply. “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy.”
The Good News is that Jesus Christ came into the world to save us. When we put our trust and faith into Him, nothing can hurt us. Nothing at all! We needn’t be afraid.
So, whatever your situation is during this Advent season, remember that there is joy in Jesus. Feeling joyful is a choice. You can choose to find joy in any circumstance for the simple reason that Jesus Christ was born that night in Bethlehem. He came down from heaven, from Father God, to save us from sin and give us the gift of eternal life.
Don’t let the burdens of this world keep you from experiencing the joy of Christmas.
Feel the joy.
Share it with others.
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