Monday, December 24, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Nehemiah 12:1-47; Zechariah 8:1-23; Revelation 16:1-21

And the angel of the Lord said unto them (the shepherds), Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10

Sadly today, fear grips the hearts of millions and imprisons them. The fear of life, death and of an eternal hell paralyze and frighten many. To terrified shepherds on that first Christmas, the angel exclaimed, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy.” The angel’s message of hope dispelled the fear of those shepherds and in like manner, the Saviour who loves you can bring life and hope to you at this Christmas season. Jesus invitation is still, “Come unto me…and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). —Jim Comte

“Fear not,” said He, for mighty dread had seized their troubled mind,
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind.” —Nathan Tate