TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3
“And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.”
Luke 2:9 (ESV)
FEAR NOT: THE SHEPHERD’S REVERENCE
There seems to be a fear for everything and some are more bizarre than others. Cyberphobia is the fear of computers. Ecclesiophobia is the fear of church. Lunaphobia is the fear of the moon. Astraphobia is the fear of lightning. Chrometophobia is the fear of money. Europhobia is the fear of the color red. Homilphobia is the fear of sermons. Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the #13. Peladophobia is the fear of baldness. And Phobophobia is the fear of fear.
The shepherds fear in Luke 2 was a reverent fear. It only lasted for a moment and it was based on their awareness of the holiness of God. John MacArthur writes, “Fear was the normal response whenever anyone in Scripture either encountered an angel or saw the glory of God manifest. Those who experience the presence of the holy God are acutely aware of their sinfulness. Isaiah cried out, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isa. 6:5), and Peter exclaimed after witnessing a miracle performed by the Lord, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8). (MacArthur New Testament Commentary – Luke)
If any of us where to catch a glimpse of the actual glory of God, fear would be the natural response. Awe would also be a natural response. It is only because of what happened when Jesus came that we can be reassured that we don’t have to be afraid. When you imagine being in the presence of God, what comes to mind? What’s the difference between being in God’s presence as a believer in Jesus Christ and as an unbeliever?