Last December was one of the darkest seasons of my life. Not suicidal dark, but rather a deep darkness of my soul. A felt awareness of not only how deeply broken I am, but how deeply depraved I’d become. What a mess of my life I had made apart from God. And God, for the moment, allowed me to bear the burden of my sin and of my shame and of my brokenness and of my pain. I thought I would die under its crushing weight. I wanted to die, for what hope was there for such a wretched sinner like me?
And in the midst of that Christmas season, I remembered – THIS IS WHY JESUS CAME.
This was the hope that sustained me throughout that season, a light in my deep soul darkness – that God SO LOVED my soul, in sin and in brokenness and in shame, that He sent His Son, Jesus, to come to earth for the sole purpose of taking it all upon himself, this unbearable crushing weight, to remove it once for all as far as the east is from the west, that I never ever ever have to bear it again. It is gone, forever and ever. Amen!
This is the good news of great joy this Christmas season – that God came down to be with us. And because of that, there is hope for the hopeless, rest for the weary, freedom for the captives, a way for the lost, a light in the darkness. Emmanuel. God with us.
Have hope, O weary traveler.