Inside: What problems or pain are you dealing with? Jesus is the reason for the season and He arrived to give you hope in every problem you face.
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Have you ever thought of the surroundings in the birth of Jesus? What was happening to the people living in this day and age?
The reality is, the settings probably don’t differ that greatly from what we are experiencing. Cultural norms, technology, and materials were different, but the basic makeup of humans was still the same.
It’s important to realize, people were struggling and questioning their lives in the grand scheme of the universe. Others were facing depression, anxiety, sickness and a host of other human problems. The world was full of evil and sin, just as it is now.
Hope Was Lost
As a result, people were without hope, questioning violence and feeling sad about the world they could see with their eyes.
The Romans were causing pain, fear, and suffering on the Jewish people. People were living with the frustration of having to pay money to support the Roman Empire. For this reason, they were weary of the circumstances they were living in.
Does it sound that different from what we experience today?
In the midst of the evil and darkness, the Son of God was born in a lowly stable. #Jesusisthereasonfortheseason Click To Tweet Not a grand mansion or a castle on the hilltop. In fact, Jesus was born in the mundane of life, before the hooves of cows and donkeys in a stinky stable.
Many people missed the birth, perhaps they were focused on their own lives and how they could overcome the circumstances they were in. The innkeepers missed the chance to have the “Great I AM” born at their inn because they were already filled and couldn’t provide a place for the dear baby Jesus to rest his sweet head.
Will You Miss the Miracle?
Although the miracle was happening right around them, they missed it. In essence, they couldn’t stop or didn’t want to stop to make room for the King in their lives.
The shepherds, however, the lower class of society, witnessed a miracle in the sky. I find it intriguing that those looked down upon in society got to have such a key part of the birth of our Savior. It almost seems like the shepherds were waiting for him as they quickly hurried to see Him.
These lowly shepherds searched out the miracle straightaway and it changed their lives.
Our world today so desperately hungers for hope, yet uncounted people have almost given up. There is despair and hopelessness on every hand. Let us be faithful in proclaiming the hope that is in Jesus. -Billy Graham
Jesus is the Reason for the Season, will you choose Him?
It’s important to remember, God didn’t force people to witness the miracle, but rather allowed them to choose to be a part of it.
Life would never be the same for these herdsmen. God changed their lives, not only their physical but their eternal one.
Generally speaking, how is your life working for you?
Are you feeling apathetic and despair over your circumstances? Do you yearn for something more, or question if this is all there is?
Jesus is Hope
This is the Holiday of Hope for you! The newborn babe is waiting for you in the manger, will you search Him out? #God #Savior Click To TweetWill you let Him change your life?
He’s not going to force you to change your life, but if you trust Him and let Him in, He will give you purpose and joy.
After all, His birth happened so you can be in Heaven with Him someday. His delivery means you don’t have to suffer forever. Jesus came to Earth to love you and forgive you.
What hard thing are you dealing with?
Are there marital problems, addiction, depression or infertility? God is able to come to you in your darkness and give you light. His hope and joy extend beyond what you’re experiencing. Jesus is the reason for the season and He arrived to give you hope in every problem you face.
Why Jesus can help you with every trouble you face:
- Jehovah Jireh: the God who provides
- El Gibhor-Mighty God
- Jehovah Nissi: The Lord our Banner
- Elohim-Creator, Mighty and Strong
- El Shaddai -God Almighty
- Jehovah M’Kaddesh -The Lord Who Makes Us Holy
- Shalom -The Lord Our Peace
- Jehovah Tsidkenu-The Lord Our Righteousness
- El Olam- Everlasting God
- Jehovah- Eternal God
- Jehovah Sabaoth- The Lord of Hosts
- El Elyon- Most High
- Jehovah Rohi- The Lord Our Shepherd
- El Roi-God Who Sees
- Jehovah Rapha: the Lord Who Heals
He is the God of any problem and can help us in each hard thing we go through. This is the best news.
The Wise Still Seek Him
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up. -Anne Lamott
Right now in our culture, we are dealing with the same human problems. We still feel sadness, despair, fear and lament. However, hope is still here. Hope is still in the manger and if we seek Him out, we will find Him.
He can take whatever hard season and give us a new perspective. He still changes lives. Will you seek out the sweet baby Jesus?
The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity–hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory–because at the Father’s will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross. -J.I. Packer
To read other posts in my Christmas series, HeartBreak Holiday:
Hope Unfolding: Grace-Filled Truth for the Momma’s HeartGrieving with Hope: Finding Comfort as You Journey through Loss50 Days of Hope: Daily Inspiration for Your Journey through CancerHope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through DepressionDaring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the BeautifulHope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids