“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 (ESV)
Yet I still belong to you; you are holding my right hand. You will keep on guiding me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. Psalm 73: 23-26 (NLT)
Are you experiencing grief during the holiday season this year? Whether it be the loss of a job, your home, friends or family moving away, death of a parent or child/miscarriage, divorce or death of a spouse… the holidays can become a sad time of remembering what was (or could have been) along with fear of facing the unknown in the year ahead. In all these trials, many people are also suffering from separation from God and are lost.
Emmanuel, Messiah, Deliverer, Mighty Savior, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, God with Us…
Christmas is about the birth of Jesus (God’s gift) not about Santa Claus. His name, Jesus, means “the Lord saves”. He came as a lowly baby, suffered as a human and understands all our trials. He came to seek and save the lost. He suffered in our place on the cross, was dead and buried. On the third day he rose to life and ascended to the Father’s right hand where He reigns over all.
When you come to know Jesus as your personal savior, you will still experience grief and trials, but you will have God with you during them. There may be times when your suffering makes you feel separated from people around you because they always seem happy. Our prayer is that Jesus will surround you during those times and give you the peace and comfort only He can provide. And you will believe that God is greater than any trial you face and remember the hope you have of eternal salvation.
Prepare your heart. Jesus is coming soon. Jesus came to save us. As a believer, you can trust God to bring you safely home. And because of this we can say: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!