By Zach Wood
John 1:14 (NLT)
“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”
Christmas time is one of my favorite times of the year. Things are so festive and alive with different colors no matter where you go. The feeling of Christmas and festivities is all around and people seem to have a different kind of spirit. This is also one of my favorite times of the year because we talk about and focus on the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. He was born into this world and had a mission unlike any other mission anyone has ever had before.
The stories we hear each year about the birth of Jesus are wonderful to remember and cherish. But I want to take this a bit further than just celebrating His birth. Not only was the Kind of Kings and Lord of Lords born into this imperfect world, He also lived a sinless life and went on a mission to make sure that we knew He loved us.
I am not only thankful for the time we spend focusing on celebrating His birth, but I’m also so thankful to know that we have a Savior Who came to this earth and lived among us. He lived among us filthy people and connected with those who truly needed Him. He came for the sick and for those who were completely lost. He reached out to people who were outcasts. He loved the unlovable. He opened His life to connecting to those whom most of us probably would never consider coming close to.
The one thing I am so thankful for is that not only did He come to rescue us from our sin, but also He knows and understands everything we go through. He knows the hurts we have. He knows the pain we endure in every situation and circumstance that is hard. He knows how we are feeling even when we can’t seem to really explain to anyone else. He knows what we are truly feeling even when we can’t express it to Him. He understands and knows all that we feel and all that we go through.
This time of year is hard for many people. A lot of people dread this time of year because of bad memories for one reason or another. If you are one of those people who hurt this time of year and you don’t know who to reach out to, remember that Jesus, and only Jesus, truly knows your heart and your hurt more than anyone. He totally understands when no one else does. He came to live among us and reach out to those who were hurting.
Reach out to Him. He understands and loves you and wants to hold you.