John 18:11 “Jesus commanded Peter, ‘Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?’” (NIV)
Merry Christmas! A child was born who was destined to be your Savior! Is it not a paradox that on the day of Jesus’ birth, He stepped down from His throne on high to be born a human of flesh and blood while on the day of His arrest He began His ascent back to His throne on high. Today you celebrate the birth of Jesus as you should, but if you had to give up your position of authority to help someone else, you might see it as a bad day. What you consider horrific in Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion is actually the beginning of His victory over satan and the manifestation of His glory to the world! Jesus knew His destiny of pain and suffering, but He also knew the fruit that would come from His pain and suffering. Philippians 1:11 says, “Filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.” Jesus’ pain and suffering provides your path of reconciliation to God so that you can be the fruit of His righteousness. Trials, difficult times, hardship, and suffering never seem desirable – but they may very well be the beginning of your ascent to experiencing a deeper measure of God and His work in you. Bad times are tough, but often provide your entry into experiencing a greater measure of God’s glory!
James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (NIV)
May God richly bless you this Christmas!