And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. -Luke 2:9-11
Over and over throughout history when there is either an angel or the Lord interacting with people, there is almost always fear involved. Just search the scriptures for the word “afraid.” Old testament, new testament… there are many, many occurrences of this interaction where the Lord has to say “be not afraid.”
The way people talk about God sometimes, it is as though there is no fear, we live in a time when nothing worthy of respect is respected.
When we have an encounter with the Lord, even as believers, a healthy fear is always the proper human response. As believers, we do have a loving relationship with the Lord, but even with that we should never treat Jesus as “our homeboy.” He is God of the universe.
As you celebrate the Lord’s birth this season, make sure that a healthy respect is the foundation for your observance. Though He was born in obscurity and humility, even laid in a feeding trough,… He is coming again. When He returns it will not be the suffering servant, but the conquering king that we will all behold.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7