Are you experiencing some decline this Christmas? Christmas is normally associated with great joy. It is, after all, the birthday of the Great King! But it is not just a birth we celebrate, but the great truth of Incarnation. God has come to us; He has come as one of us. He has come to be with us in even our most humble and most trying circumstances.
“So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.’” (Matthew 2:22-23; NKJ)
So, are you experiencing some decline? A dear friend said to me, I have the mind of a 10-year-old, but my body feels like there is another zero! Another friend laments experiencing some cognitive decline. While Christmas is still meaningful, the celebration is dampened by encroaching decline. While we live in a society that idolizes perpetual youth, physical decline is inevitable in life. This is not to say that we shouldn’t eat right, exercise, and take care of the “temple of our souls”. But at some point, we will all begin to lose the battle with entropy. It can be a difficult and lonely season to enter. Our circle of activity may shrink. Our social circle may shrink. Our quality of life may wane. There is nothing I can say or do to reverse this. But here is where the wonderful truth of Christmas comes. Jesus Christ, Immanuel – God with us – has come to be with us. His was more than a spiritual presence. He came and took on our human flesh and blood. He took on our physical weakness and frailty. He took on our physical decline, even giving himself to death.
He is still Immanuel – God with us. He is with you even as you face setback and decline. Immanuel is not only for the young, or the vigorous. He is for all people! Maybe you are not there yet. Maybe you are in the prime of life and health, but is it not a comfort to know that Immanuel – God with us – He will be with you in darkening days and declining years?
Blessings in Christ,
PS. Are you going through a trying time this season? How can we help or pray for you today? Please reach out to us through the comment section, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also welcome you to join us this Sunday in person or online as we talk about “Christmas! When God camped Out”. www.chapelwoodbc.org