Don’t Be Afraid: Good News

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 2:10-11

While some shepherds were out tending their sheep, suddenly an angel appeared in the sky, causing the shepherds to be afraid. He told them to not be afraid because he was there to bring some great news. This news was that a savior had been born.

At the time of this event, Israel had already been destroyed as a nation for several hundred years, and the Romans were in control. The Romans were very harsh in that if they did not serve Rome correctly, they would be killed or put in prison. The people had to pay a very high tax to support the Roman government. There appeared to be no hope for them at all.

Today, nearly 2,000 years later, many people live as if there is no real hope. Everything seems to be falling apart and chaos seems to reign. Bills are due, vehicles break down, families fight, there are wars and violence everywhere, crime seems to be winning, corrupt lifestyles appear to be gaining power, and no one appears to be in control.

In spite of all that is going on in this world or in your personal life, there is still good news. Jesus said that you are not to let your heart be troubled and to just trust in Him, because He will give you His peace.

Jesus was the Savior who was born that day in Bethlehem. He was the One who the angels said was good news. He is still the good news for you today.

Just as Jesus was the Savior for the shepherds and Israel, He can be your Savior today. Even though everything may look hopeless in this world, Jesus brings a hope for a future, an eternity in heaven filled with abundant life.

Accept what Jesus is willing to give you today. Trust that He is the One who will save you. Rejoice that God is still bringing good news to everyone as you celebrate Christmas today!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

I pray that today you will know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior; that you will know the peace God is providing you; that you will not be afraid of this world; and that you will tell others about Jesus.

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The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy

Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see
Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring
Pa rum pum pum
To lay before the King
Pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum

So to honor Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
When we come

Little baby
Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too
Pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give our King
Pa rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum

Shall I play for you
Pa rum pum pum pum
On my drum

Mary nodded
Pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum

Then He smiled at me
Pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum

By Katherine Kennicott Davis (1941)

This Christmas song has been one of my favorite Christmas songs for as long as I can remember. I look forward to hearing it on the radio every Christmas season. And I never get tired of hearing it and singing it.

It is often thought of as a child’s song, and I have never heard it sang in church, other than in a children’s Christmas program once or twice.

Over the years, there have been very many versions of this song sang. It has been sang as a country song, ballad, and all the way into heavy metal rock music style. Although I do not like the idea of non-Christians singing any Christmas song, I still love the song in many of the various versions.

You may wonder why I like it so much. It is because of the reality of truth in it, despite the ox and lamb keeping time. I do not really believe the events in this song actually occurred in Bethlehem when Jesus was born, but the heart of it can happen today.

Many people come before God as though He was their best buddy, or the Great Man Upstairs. They see Jesus as just a great teacher.

Others come before God as though they have earned every right to do so. They do not see Jesus as the King. They do not see Him as the One who created everything there is, the one in absolute control and power.

In this song, the boy is invited to go before this new great king. He recognizes that this little baby is The King, the King of Kings. It is not told how he knows this or why he knows it, but he does.

He also recognizes that he does not have anything to give the King that is worth giving to someone so great. He has only one thing, and that is his little drum and his ability to play it. His talents and abilities were all that he could give this King.

He is given permission to play for the King, and so he does.

As a human and a believer in Jesus, I do not have anything that is worthy to give the King of the universe. God already has everything I have and much more, so He does not need my things.

What I can give Him is myself and my talents. Every ability that I have can be given to God to be used by Him for His glory.

Jesus told the disciples that their job was to go and make more disciples. That job description has not changed since for any believer.

I need to use my talents for His glory. I need to use everything I have the ability to do, to spread the gospel message to this dying world.

When I do that, God will look down on me and smile, as the baby Jesus does in the song. In the end God will be able to say “well done, good and faithful servant”.

What are you doing with the talents God has blessed you with?

Are you using them for yourself?

Or for His glory?

Listen to one of the versions of this song that I really enjoy: The Little Drummer Boy

Luke 2:10-11 Merry Christmas

“But the angle 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 2:10-11

Two thousand years ago the angels came to some shepherds in the field and gave them this message. When they saw the angels, they were afraid. The angels were told them to not be afraid, that they were bringing great news. That news was that the long-awaited for Messiah had arrived.

That message is still real even today. Many people look out on the world and see trouble and hardships. They do not see much good occurring. Watch the news and all you hear about is wars and killings. It does not look like God is anywhere to be seen.

When Jesus was born, Israel was controlled by the Roman Empire. Things did not look good. It did not look like God was in control or doing anything. Yet, God was at work.

As you celebrate Christmas today, remember why Jesus came to this earth. He came to die for you in order to save you. Not only did He come to save you, He also wants to save everyone in the world.

If you were told that there was a way to live forever, never get sick, and never have sorrow or pain, would it not be the best news you could possibly get? This is what the angels were bringing.

This is great news. It is joyful news. It is good news among all the bad news you see everywhere else.

Christmas is not just about getting and giving presents, although those are good things. It is not just about getting together with family and friends, though, that is good also.

It is about God giving us someone who can save you from your sins. It is about God showing His love to you. It is about God showing He cares for you. It is about the best news the world could ever receive.

Today may have pain and sorrow, but there is a hope for tomorrow. Look forward to the day Jesus either calls you home, or returns to bring you home. Rejoice in the great news you have and tell others about it.

I pray today that you will have great joy in knowing Jesus; that you will have joy in looking forward to the return of Jesus; that you will tell others of this great joy; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Merry Christmas! May you know the love and joy of our blessed Savior and Lord Jesus Christ today and everyday!