How can I be sure?

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Day 24 – How can I be sure?

Reading – Zechariah asked the angel, ‘How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well on in years.’ Luke 1: 18

How can I be sure? Perhaps you’ve found yourself asking a question like this at some point in your life. Maybe you’re asking it right now as you think about the Christmas Story. How can I be sure that God actually did come as a baby? It all seems so farfetched, so unexpected, so unbelievable. So how can we be sure? We can have absolute confidence in the Christmas Story for a number of reasons, not least because Jesus fulfilled so many prophecies written hundreds of years before his birth. His mother would be a virgin [Isaiah 7:14], he would be born in Bethlehem [Micah 5:2], and be a descendant of King David [Jeremiah 23: 5] etc…

If we truly believe the Christmas Story, it changes everything. We may still ask the question – how can I be sure? – at different points throughout the year but now we have a straight and powerful answer. How can I be sure that God cares? He humbled himself and entered human history as a baby. How can I be sure that God loves me? He gave his one and only Son for me. The Christmas Story changes everything, if only we would believe……

Zechariah wasn’t convinced, an angel appeared to him and promised a son, John the Baptist, who would bring people back to God and prepare them for Jesus. How can I be sure? Zechariah asked the question long before you and I. He and his wife were very old and the chances of Elizabeth giving birth to a son were slim yet this is what the angel promised. In the end Zechariah’s encounter with the angel literally left him speechless, he was punished for his unbelief and left unable to speak until John the Baptist was born….

Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting Light. The hopes and fears of all the years
are met in Him tonight.

Challenge – Imagine not being able to speak. Give up something you really enjoy for the rest of the day. It could be social media, a food/drink, a game etc. Use the time to focus once again on the Christmas Story.

Prayer – God, I praise you for who you are. You are the Great I Am, the Alpha and Omega. You are loving, kind and gracious to me when I deserve the opposite. Help me not to miss the wonder of the Christmas story. Help me to be sure. Help me to know how far you went to set me free. Thank you for Jesus. Amen.

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