“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.
Oftentimes during the Christmas season, I meditate on the reason Jesus came to earth, more often than focusing on how He came. I love the birth story of Jesus; it is powerful and a fulfilled prophecy. However, I try to reflect on Jesus’ purpose for robing Himself in flesh to dwell among us (John 1:1, 2, 14). He came to save His people from their sins, to bring peace in the midst of tribulation, to heal, deliver, and to redeem.
When I read the paper, watch the news, drive down the highway, or just walk around the grocery store, my heart cries out over a brokenhearted people. I look in to empty eyes, full of sorrow and pain. I can sometimes feel their shame as I talk with them. I’m overwhelmed at the state of our world, people need Jesus.
Now, more than ever, we have a message of hope. We are heralds of the great gospel of Jesus Christ. We can impart salvation by speaking Jesus’ message, “in a world full of tribulation, be of good cheer, Jesus has overcome the world.”
If you are overwhelmed today by life I want you to know that we serve a God that is touched with the feeling of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15). I know it’s Christmas day, but with that can come with so many emotions, please feel free to leave a prayer request below, I give you my word I will go before the throne of God on your behalf. We are in this together. I hope you feel the cheer of the Lord, despite external circumstances—our God is so able!