Christmas is over. The most wonderful time of the year, has past. Some of you might be saying good riddance. For some people, it is a time grief, disappointment, guilt, the pressure to please and entertain. The holiday “mulligrubs” are a real thing for some of us but Christmas was never supposed to be like that.
Christmas is supposed to be a season of peace, joy, hope, and love that ushers us into a new year, a new beginning. For those who believe in Jesus and celebrate His birth, we have every reason to be joyful. Yet, for many of us it is just the opposite.
For the last few weeks there has been a sadness lingering in the air, even discouragement. Things have been foggy. It has been hard some days to even get out of bed. I could not put my finger on it in the beginning but then I began to realize what the end of the year means for some of us.
It means unmet goals or expectations we had for the year.
It means low funds for gifts or visiting family.
It means missing family we have lost or cannot see because they are far away.
It means pressure from the culture to be successful, have the baby already, be debt free or have all the nice things.
It means disconnection in families or friendships.
In the midst of this, I kept hearing the words JOY TO THE WORLD in my heart and spirit. So, I went to my bible and found the scripture that connected Jesus birth with us having joy in our lives.
The first thing the angel said was, “Fear not!” Fear no longer has to control us because Jesus has shown up. He has come to save us from the tyranny of fear in our lives. This is the GOOD NEWS that brings great joy.
All of our fears, disappointments, failures and weaknesses have met their match, their end in Jesus Christ.
Christmas is a time of GOOD NEWS.
See, Jesus isn’t just some good man who died for us and rose from the dead so we wouldn’t go to hell. No, Jesus is the Son of God who died for us hear and receive perpetual good news in every season of our lives.
The GOOD news is that we do not have to serve fear any longer.
The GOOD news is you do not have to live under depression but can walk in new hope.
The GOOD news is joy is available to ALL people.
The GOOD news is that freedom is our portion in Christ.
The GOOD news is we are not the measure of our earthly successes.
The GOOD news is we can have friendship with God through faith in Jesus, not in our own goodness.
The GOOD news is that God is so madly in love with us that, while we were still His enemies, He came and died for us.
The reason the birth of Jesus was such good news for the people living at that time is because they had no Savior; no one to heal or restore them. The Jewish people were waiting on the Messiah, the Anointed One, to come and deliver them. This was the answer to all their prayers. He is the answer ours.
What is it that you need saving from?
Picture it in your mind. Do you see it? Jesus can and desires to take care of it. He truly is the Savior of the world, the Restorer of mankind to God and the Lover of our souls.
For it me it was anxiety and depression. Through trust and intimacy both have met their end in Jesus. They were my dictators but He is my Lord, my Savior and my King.
He leads with love and kindness. He gives me freedom to make my own decisions, ones that may even harm me. When I screw it all up in my humanity and pride, He welcomes me back, washes the darkness off me and restores my dignity. When I think I’m unlovable or unworthy He says otherwise.
KING JESUS is the only cure for fear and hopelessness. Through connection with Him we are healed, restored and revived. He is the antidote and in Him we realize what Christmas is really all about – GOOD NEWS that brings JOY TO THE WORLD!