Read: “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” John 3:16
As magical as the Christmas season can be, sometimes it can be tough. You’re under a deadline with a ton of pressure at work. Final exams and school papers feel like they’ll never end. This will be your first Christmas without a loved one. So what do you do when it doesn’t feel like the most wonderful time of the year?
When we feel hopeless, when we feel overwhelmed and defeated, Christ is not only there for us - He knows how we feel, and He offers us victory. God loves us so immeasurably, so unconditionally, so recklessly, that, even when He saw how unworthy our lives would become, how deeply we would let ourselves down, how deeply we would let HIM down, He sent us the gift of all gifts - His son, Jesus. Jesus, God Himself in the form of a baby, would be born to peasants in a barn and walk this earth without sin, shunned by the religious, made to carry the cross we couldn’t, endure the whipping we wouldn’t, and bear the sin of the world, forsaken by His Father, in the place that we rightfully deserved. No matter how overwhelming it may be, you can have peace knowing that through Jesus, you have the same power that raised Him from the grave to overcome the struggle you’re facing this Christmas season. So, even if you aren’t feeling the magic of the season, you have something monumental worth celebrating.
Ask: Have you thanked God for how he sent his son for us? Say a prayer for a friend who is having a tough time this Christmas season.