Imagine how this season felt for Mary and Joseph.
As if becoming the parents of the Messiah wasn’t stressful enough, they faced unimaginable opposition. King Herod and the governing authorities were troubled by the wise men’s recognition of a new king and devoted innumerable resources to killing Jesus before He was even born.
If you face pain during this Christmas season, remember that you are not alone. All of God’s people, just like Mary and Joseph, face opposition. Remember, like all of God’s people, your victory is guaranteed in Jesus Christ.
The people of Israel had a real enemy, and they were very afraid. Goliath wanted to take them out, and he was a fierce warrior. Surely they did not expect that this shepherd boy would become the champion that God would use to deliver victory!
While it is easy to focus on the opposition you can see, do not forget that you, like the Israelites, are engaged in a serious battle with a real enemy you cannot see.
If not for Christmas, where would your hope come from for life’s battles? At Christmas, we celebrate, because through Christmas we are promised victory. We celebrate not just the gift of a champion who could defeat sin and the enemy once and for all, but the gift of a champion who is with us in the daily fight. Jesus our champion is in our hearts. By the power of the Holy Spirit, God gives us His own strength to persevere through whatever pain we face in life.