Christmas Trouble

Last updated on : July 24th, 2014

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The English word “Trouble” has different meaning. Trouble can meant problem, difficulty, dilemma, mess, nuisance, danger, worry, strife, unrest, conflict, bother, inconvenience, make an effort. Trouble is also sometime use as part of a very polite and formal request. Christmas is coming and everybody is getting more and busier, getting more and more trouble with his /her own business. Some has big trouble, some lesser, few stay calm in the midst of their trouble. The present scenery of Christmas season is changing so much. Feasting, decorations, shopping, partying, replace the joy and peace of celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ to many people. Even in the Bible we read that when Jesus Christ was coming into this world there were many trouble people faced. Let us look into few people who were in trouble and let us learn to how they tackle their trouble so that we can also tackle our own trouble and make this Christmas season a season for praising and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ.

Firstly, Joseph was in troubled (Matt. 1:18-25). The birth of Jesus Christ was different from any of the births mentioned in the genealogy (Matt.1:1-16). There we found the repeated formula: ‘A begot B.” But now we have the record of a birth without a human father. The facts surrounding this miraculous conception are stated with dignity and simplicity. Mary had been promised in marriage to Joseph, but the wedding had not yet taken place. In NT times, betrothal was a form of engagement and it could be broken only by divorce. Although an engaged couple did not live together until the marriage ceremony, unfaithfulness on the part of the betrothed was treated as adultery and punishable by death.

During the time of her betrothal, Virgin Mary became pregnant by a miracle of the Holy Spirit. a cloud of suspicion and scandal hung over Mary. When people saw an unwed woman who was pregnant, they had only one possible explanation. Even Joseph did not know the true explanation of Mary’s condition. He might have been indignant and very trouble at his fiancée on two count; 1. Her apparent unfaithfulness to him; 2. Though innocent, he would almost inevitably be assumed of complicity. His love for Mary and desire for justice led him to decide to break the betrothal by a quiet divorce. He wished too avoid the public disgrace which normally accompanied such an action. While this gentle and deliberate man was mapping his strategy to protect Mary, an angel of the Lord appeared t him in a dream. The salutation, “Joseph, son of David,” (v.20) was doubtless designed to stir up the consciousness of his royal pedigree and to prepare him for the unusual advent of Israel’s Messiah – King. He should have no misgivings about marrying Mary. Any suspicions concerning her purity were groundless. Her pregnancy was a miracle of Holy Spirit.

Secondly, King Herod and all Jerusalem were in troubled (Matt.2:1-12). When Herod heard that a Baby had been born who was to be king of the Jews, from the wise men of the east, he was Troubled. Any such baby was a treat to his uneasy rule. All Jerusalem was troubled with him. The city that should have received the news with joy was disturbed by anything that might upset its status quo or risk the displeasure of the hated Roman Rulers. King Herod secretly called the wise men to determine what time the star first appeared. This secrecy betrayed his sadistic motive; he would need this information if he was unable to locate the right child. To cover up his real intention, he sent the magi on their search and requested that they send back word to him of their success. As the wise men set out, the star which they had seen in the East reappeared and led them to the house where the young child was. And they worship Him with gifts – Gold, a symbol of deity and glory; gift for a King. Frankincense – the fragrance of the life of sinless perfection; gift for a Priest. Myrrh – presages the sufferings He would endure in bearing the sins of the world; gift for one who is to die.

The wise men were divinely warned in a dream not to return to Herod, and so they obediently returned to their homes by another route. These Gentiles diligently sought for Christ; Herod planned to kill Him; the priests and the scribes were (as yet) indifferent; the people of Jerusalem were troubled. But remember that no one who meets Christ with a sincere heart ever returns the same way. True encounter with Him transforms all of life.

Lastly, we read in Luke 1:29 “And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.”

n the sixth month after his appearance to Zacharias (or after Elizabeth became pregnant), Gabriel reappeared – this time to a virgin named Mary who lived in the city of Nazareth, in the district of Galilee. Mary was betrothed to a man named Joseph, a lineal descendent of David, who inherited legal right to the throne of David, even though he himself was a carpenter. Betrothal was considered a much more binding contract than engagement is today. In fact, it could be broken only by a legal decree similar to divorce.

The angel addressed Mary as one who was highly favoured, one whom the Lord was visiting with special privilege. Mary was understandably troubled by this greeting; she wondered what it meant. The angel calmed her fears, then told her that God was choosing her to be the mother of the long awaited Messiah. Mary’s question, “How can this be? was one of wonder but not of doubt. How could she bear a child when she had never had relations with a man? Although the angel did not say so in so many words, the answer was virgin birth. It would be a miracle of the Holy Spirit. he would come upon her, and the power of God would overshadow her. To Mary’s problem of “How?” – it seemed impossible to human reckoning – God’s answer is “the Holy Spirit”. verse 35b“….therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Here then we have a sublime statement of the incarnation. Mary’s Son would be God manifest in the flesh. Language cannot exhaust the mystery that is shrouded here. The angel then broke the news to Mary that Elizabeth her relative, was in her sixth month of pregnancy – she who had been barren. This miracle should reassure Mary that with God nothing will be impossible. In beautiful submission, Mary yielded herself to the Lord for the accomplishment of His wondrous purposes.

So also today your trouble may seems too much and impossible for you to handle anymore…but remember with God nothing is impossible. Humble submit it to the Lord and cast all your care upon Him for He cares for you.