Christmas Answers Our Fears <br>Free PDF Handout - New!

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Overview

We’re all born into this world with two universal fears: the fear of falling, and the fear of loud noises. As we get older, we develop a whole set of fears that are unique to us based on our environment, our family, our DNA, and so on. But what about the deeper, debilitating fears that grip your heart and create ongoing anxiety?

The story of Christmas is couched in the context of fear. Luke 2:9 says, “And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.” But the good news is that God has answered our human fears.

Why do we fear?

There’s a connection between the glory of God and our fears. Fear comes from the gap between our sinfulness and God’s glory. Fear entered the picture when we recognized the distance between what God had intended and who Adam and Eve (and we) had come to be. But the good news of Christmas holds the solution to our fears. In his coming to earth as a babe, Christ brought the Father’s glory back to us because God entered the world. God is first and foremost a manifestation of beauty and excellence. And because God sent his Son into the world, you and I are the recipients of God’s glory. Christ came to remove our tarnished hearts, dulled by sin, and to restore them.

Let your fear drive you to Christ.

Rather than letting fear be the force behind our lives, we need to let faith drive us through our fears. This doesn’t happen automatically but as we continue to trust Christ. Trusting Christ is simple, but we fear because there’s distance between the glory of God and the frail humanity in us. But Christ has bridged the gap, and all of our fears are answered in him—the one who knows what we’re going through right now, the one whose eye is on the sparrow, the one who is well aware of our fears, and the one who has brought us amazing peace. So let your fears drive you straight to Christ, and let your faith drive you straight through your fears.

Let your faith drive you through your fear.

Rather than letting fear be the force behind our lives, we need to let faith drive us through our fears. This doesn’t happen automatically but as we continue to trust Christ. Trusting Christ is simple, but we fear because there’s distance between the glory of God and the frail humanity in us. But Christ has bridged the gap, and all of our fears are answered in him—the one who knows what we’re going through right now, the one whose eye is on the sparrow, the one who is well aware of our fears, and the one who has brought us amazing peace. So let your fears drive you straight to Christ, and let your faith drive you straight through your fears.

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Click to enlargeChristmas Answers Our Fears—Free PDF HandoutUse this handout for personal reflection or to give to family and friends. As you prepare your heart for this Christmas season, also try this companion Bible Study.

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