The cradle of Christmas proves that God is with us – Emmanuel. We are not alone in this world. We are not alone in our guilt, shame and struggle. We are not alone when we walk through the valley of the shadowlands.
The cross of Calvary proves that God is for us and not against us. We no longer have to work to earn His favor and acceptance. We enjoy God’s favor because the cross serves as proof.
Through his resurrection and ascension, Jesus is now crowned with glory and honor. The crown reminds us that God will ensure that we arrive safely home in glory. Jesus will triumph over all of his and our enemies. Our future is bright indeed. We can fight on behalf of those who are oppressed and weighed down with cares and guilt because the Lord goes before us and fights our battles for us.
I love the oft-repeated command in the Old Testament: “Stand still and see the salvation (deliverance) of your God.” My actions and lifestyle often reveal my struggle in really believing this, but His grace is sufficient.