At last night's candlelight communion service, my pastor reminded us of the true meaning of these words. The message to the shepherds was not merely that they didn't have to fear the blinding light, or the ear-splitting noise, or the specter of unidentified flying objects in the sky. The message of the angels was that they--and we--no longer have to fear the Law because with the birth of the Savior we are delivered from our sin and made perfect creatures in Christ. So rejoice in the glad tidings of great joy! Christ has come and you are forgiven! Alleluia!