Before long, the world will not see Me anymore, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live... All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:19, 25-27)

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 2:1-4)

 

Do you ever feel disconnected from the “joy” of the Christmas season?

 

After all, you can’t just hit pause on pain and suffering in your life until Christmas is over. When life is a mess, the celebration can feel forced — even manufactured.

 

What comfort and joy does God offer when life hurts?

 

Sometimes, I imagine what it must have felt like to be the disciples at the last supper.

Can you picture it? Jesus, their best friend and Savior, telling them He’s going to leave? They felt afraid, confused, helpless, vulnerable and exposed.

 

What would happen to them once Jesus left?

Was He abandoning them?

Jesus answered their very real fears by promising they would still see Him, by promising to send the Holy Spirit, and by giving them His peace.

 

This is the good news: God wants to be with you in your pain, fear and mess.

 

Advent and the Christmas season aren’t simply about celebrating what God did thousands of years ago but what He is doing for all who trust in His Son right now. Jesus is Immanuel, God-With-You, right here and now.

 

We find comfort and joy when life hurts because God gives us His presence today through the Holy Spirit. If Jesus is the Lord of your life, this is true for you always.

Pray and Reflect

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what it looks like to “walk hand-in-hand” with Him, and check out “How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit.” If you’ve never asked Jesus to come into your life and be with you in every circumstance, this may be a good time to consider doing so.

 

(written by Nick Audas)

Exalt the LORD our God and worship at His holy hill, For holy is the LORD our God. Psalm 99:9

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