By Bro. Daniel Cosico
As we talk more about the prophecies of Jesus from Old Testament to new testament, and how we can relate it to our daily lives we will learn that Jesus is the way and real messiah. And as we accept that Jesus is the savior sent for us, our Christmas will be more valuable than how we see and celebrate it.
In the book of Jeremiah, the Lord said, “A voice is heard in Ramah mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” (Jeremiah 31:15) And in Matthew 2:16-18 it was fulfilled, 16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: 18 “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted because they are no more.”
No one’s exempted with problems; Israelites were in exile, and yet there is a prophecy that there will be killings of innocent. Imagine the great distress that Israelites are feeling.
In our modern generation, how do we normally cope up with our problems? There are three actions we tend to do whenever we struggle in life. (1) Escape—our initial reaction to every problem is to escape and “save” our selves; and escaping comes in different shape, it can be excessive drinking, vices, and worst—suicide. There is no man that is problem-free, even Daniel once said that if he had the wings of a dove, he would fly away and be at rest! (2) Ignore—we tend to deal with our problems a little later or not at all! We entertain our selves with nonsense delays just to forget or ignore our problems—it’s either we hang out with our friends, socialize or go out somewhere. But in the end, when no one’s around, there’s still our problem. (3) React—one of our most common responses to our problems is to react! To use emotions—we burst into anger, cry out loud, or throw tantrums at the world. To escape, ignore and react wrongly to our problems is what we normally do but what we ideally need to do in times of struggle is to (4) BE STILL. In every problem, be still and (1) think what God wants you to learn in your situation. (2) What God has given you—what options that God laid down for you? (3) What does God want you to do? If you are not still, you will only get tired of thinking about your problem.
Luke 22:44 “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”
Just like you, and everyone else around us, Jesus also faced great distress. If you thought that He doesn’t know what you’re going through, believe that He knows because He had experienced worse. The difference is Jesus, in His most trying times; He became still and prayed more earnestly. And that is how He wants us to react in each trial we face. We turn to Him, pray intently and earnestly before anything else.
Psalm 46:10 [a] “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;”
Real Christmas isn’t about the holiday rush and the pressure of gift giving—it is Jesus being separated from God so we could go home to Him; it is being comforted amidst our trials and problems because we have Jesus.