Keep Calm and Carry On

by Dec 10, 2019Christmas, Christmas 2019, Devotional

What if you knew, without a doubt, that your team would win the Super Bowl this season, or who the next president will be, or what features the next iPhone would have? Who would you tell? Would they believe you?

The angel Gabriel has a tough job. He has to tell people some unbelievable news. In Luke, he first has to tell an elderly couple they’re going to have a child. Then he has to tell Mary, a virgin, that she’ll become pregnant by, wait for it, the Holy Spirit. To make it even more difficult, Gabriel has a vibe. For whatever reason, everyone is always “greatly troubled” when he comes to visit. Maybe he should adjust his image, or his delivery, in order to get people on board.

One of the surprising things about Gabriel is he doesn’t soften his approach. Angels have a way of staying on message no matter the reaction of their audience. Gabriel doesn’t get exasperated, excited, or angry even when his audience is in disbelief. He keeps himself calm and his message clear.

Gabriel is absolutely sure about Christmas, just as we can be absolutely sure about salvation in Christ (John 6:47).

Christians have a pretty unbelievable message to the world: Christ came that all may be saved. The difficulty to believe the message makes it no less true. We don’t need to dress Jesus up or soften the truth to make it more palatable. Telling people Jesus loves them doesn’t need to be a debate or negotiation. We preach Christ just as Gabriel did, we keep calm and carry on.

Read Luke 1:5-17

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