The Christmas Consolation

There are many circumstances in life that require comfort and encouragement. A good effort in an assignment or exam, a worthy performance in a sporting event, or a time of grief or disappointment. In situations like this, a consolation prize is sometimes given to bring comfort and encouragement to someone in need.

But what if the consolation was the highest prize, the greatest gift?

As we approach Christmas amidst the highs and lows of life, the triumphs and the disappointments, we can be reminded that there is a consolation that is worth more than all the success the world can offer.

That consolation is the gift of the birth of Jesus Christ. Luke 2:25-32 (NIV):

  "Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.""

May each one of us be consoled this Christmas with the good news that brings tidings of great joy, the gift of the Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Yours in His Name,

Peter Rogers

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