“Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord’” (Luke 2:10,11, NKJV).
This Proclamation of the birth of Christ is more than just a seasonal recitation. It is still relevant today.
“Do not be afraid” The roots of fear are deep in sin. As we are all sinners, we all have something to fear. Jesus came to take the fear of punishment for sin away (Matthew 1:21) and to deliver us from lesser fears as well.
“Good tidings” Good news was scarce when Jesus was born. In today’s world of challenge, it is still welcome. Here’s good news: Jesus came to take our place and die for our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:19).
“Great joy … to all people” The joy that comes from knowing Jesus is available to all (John 3:16; Nehemiah 8:10).
“To you” Jesus is a personal Savior. Though He offers His salvation to the whole world, He will transform any life and desires close fellowship with every individual who comes to Him.
“This day” What a wonderful day that must have been. But every time a sinner experiences the new birth, the joy of that day is released once again. “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
“A Savior” Jesus did not just provide salvation and then disappear. Though he sacrificed His life, His resurrection means that the One who saved us remains with us in an intimate, continuously life-giving relationship.
“Christ the Lord” He is not just a Savior; He is Lord of our lives. Christmas is relevant because Christ stays connected to His people, guiding them toward the best possible outcome in their lives.
Christmas is not just a tradition. Believers know the joy of experiencing the significance of this day every day of their lives.