When the angel Gabriel announced to the virgin that she was pregnant with child, she responded first with a question, “How can this be?” This pregnant girl went to visit her elderly relative, Elisabeth, who greeted her with a word of praise and a question. “Why am I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Mary’s fiancé, Joseph, was awakened in a dream with the news. “[Mary] will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins (Matt 1:21).” This was good news; there was no need for fear. “God is with us.” Upon the arrival of this miraculous baby, conceived of the Holy Spirit and birthed by his mother, the shepherds in the field received the baby announcement. The angel declared, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:10b-11).” This child’s arrival is good news to shepherds too. There is no need to fear.
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