18 Dec Courage
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.” —Matthew 1:18
G.K. Chesterton, a famous Christian author, wrote, ‘Alone of all creeds, Christianity has added courage to the virtues of the Creator’. When we talk about courage in the realm of Christmas we often talk about Mary. Mary was with child because of the Holy Spirit, she was carrying the savior of the world, or she gave birth in a stable.
But I am often struck by the idea that Jesus was the courageous one. Jesus was the one who left a perfect relationship, who left glory, who left the riches of heaven, to become a crying baby. The pictures of the birth of Jesus and the songs we sing sometimes give us a very sanitized version of the world Jesus came into.
However, scripture reminds us that he was born in a manner not worthy of king, into a world that was threatened by his appearing. Jesus, came into our world, courageously on His first night, and that courage remained until His last!
What area of your life do you need courage? Take a moment thanking God that He has given you the power of the Holy Spirit to live out gospel courage.
If you have children:
Ask them what courage is. Ask them to consider how Jesus displayed courage. Take a moment and pray with them and thank Jesus for His courage.