“God rest ye merry, gentlemen,” is a Christmas carol, it is true. But the verse shared above holds a truth we need to remember as we live through each day God gives us in 2017. And the remainder of our lives.
Let us remember the good tidings of great joy which the angel shared with the shepherds that first Christmas, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11, NKJV).
Why remember? Because the birth of the Savior, Christ the Lord, is the demonstration of God’s love for us. Why remember? Because we will face challenges in 2017 and the birth of the Word made flesh, was the fulfillment of a promise God made centuries before in the Garden of Eden. And we need to remember that in keeping His promise to redeem us, we have His assurance that He will keep every promise He has made. He did it for the children of Israel and He will do the same for you.
Why remember? Because His name, Immanuel, means “God with us,” and if there is one thing we need to hug close and bury deep in our beings is that “God is with us,” always.
Remember also that Christ our Savior was not only born but He lived and revealed the Father to us. And was tempted in all ways as we are and never sinned. And suffered untold agony for us, including separation from the Father. And died a criminal’s death. And rose again. And is now at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us. We know these truths but need to remember to remind ourselves of them often. Doing so is an antidote to discouragement and dismay and hopelessness. Remember. Remember. Remember. Do whatever it takes to remember.