The True Meaning of Christmas – Day 5

A season of hope.

The Christmas season should be a time that we remember God’s enduring hope. We should celebrate the hope we have through Jesus Christ.

However, if it’s been a particularly tough year, you may feel like you don’t have much to hope for anymore. This time of year may illuminate your losses – whether it’s a loss of a loved one, a job, a home, a relationship. Either way, it’s common to fall into a depression this time of year, losing sight of what we have, and focusing on what’s missing in our lives.

The fulfilled promise of a Savior, the birth of Jesus, is reason for hope. Jesus was born into the world, just as you and I were; he struggled and suffered and bore our shame up on the cross, not so that we wouldn’t have to suffer, but so that we would have hope for a future.

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment.”
– Romans 5:3-5

Over the next few weeks, take time to remember why, no matter your circumstance, there is HOPE. No matter how hard this life is, know that this is not all that there is to life. There is more! There is abundant life for those that love the Lord!

“So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.”
– Romans 5:11

God knows the world is in deep need of being saved. Saved from itself. Saved from darkness and evil. Saved from those that wish to destroy it and the people within it. God knew when he sent his Son to be the Savior of the world, that we were desperately in need of help.

“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.”
– Romans 5:6

Are you in need of His rescue right now? All you have to do is call on the name of God!

“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.”
– John 5:24

My hope this Christmas season is that you will allow God to love you, and that you will accept the gift of His Son if you haven’t already; that you would seek Him first in all that you do in life, so that you will then be able to experience the JOY of a relationship with Him.

Blessings!
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