29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:29-33)
I’m not sure that being told, ‘do not be afraid’ would be enough to change my mind or comfort me; particularly with the news that followed!
Fear is an interesting emotion, isn’t it? It is one of our most useful emotions so far as our survival goes. However, in certain circumstances, it can be classed as unhelpful. I’m not intending to make any such judgement about the helpfulness of the fear that Mary experienced. I think that it was a genuine expression of her emotional response to the situation.
However, whatever emotions and thoughts were present, the message remains the same. The news that the King of kings was going to be born and reign for all eternity. Mary was comforted by the hope of what was to come, calming her fear. The angel’s message carries the same hope for us today. We can find comfort and hope, in the face of fear, for He reigns now.