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December

 

We read John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.)” As I read this sentence I understand God’s love for the lost world through Jesus Christ. Jesus became a human like us so that we could relate to Him on a personal level and visa versa. In John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not parish, but have eternal life.” God wants to reconcile the broken relationship between us and God through Him. We would be lost without God in our lives. Thereby, God showed us His love when he sent His Son to identify with us, so now we can say with confidence that God understands our struggles, fear and worries.

 

However, too often we don’t realize this truth. For example, politicians travel around the United States during campaign season not only to speak to people but also try to relate to them. They go through a small farming town in Nebraska, a surfing village in Florida, and a small rainy town in Oregon. Politicians love to show how they can relate to the people in each area they visit. However, you and I know that they can’t relate to them on the same level; they can’t identify with them no matter how hard they try.

On the other hand, Jesus had never tried to appear that He understands what we’re going through in life because He identifies with us. Jesus related to the people then and He is relating to us today on a level that we can understand and appreciate. I am sure that at one point or another we’ve all said, “nobody understands my situation, and no one understands me.” If you are saying that now, let me tell you that Jesus understands your situation. He’s been there and He knows what we’re going through every day. Jesus was working as a carpenter; He had a mother, father, brothers, sister, friends, and enemies. He even faced the same temptations that you and I face every day, yet He never sinned. Jesus understands our struggles because He had faced the same challenges of life. If you are facing life challenges in this Advent season and you feel like nobody understands your situation, let us remember what Jesus has done for us. You may have heard the saying, “God helps those who help themselves.” As long as we do our part, by trusting God He will do His part. God understands everything we are dealing with in our daily lives, and He has promised to walk with us at every step. Let us not lose heart, because He has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Emanuel, God with us understands our struggles and He can give us the strength to overcome anything we deal with in our daily lives.