A discouraged Christian said to me one Christmas, “Christ’s coming to earth has made little difference in my life. I still have so many trials.” That made me think about the difference Jesus’ life has made. I reflected on these four truths:

Jesus didn’t remain a baby. He grew up to be “strong in spirit” (Lk. 1:80) and had an effective ministry of teaching and healing (Mt. 9:35).

Our crucified Lord didn’t remain in the grave. He arose to be our living Savior (Mt. 28:1-7; Rev. 1:18).

Our risen Savior didn’t remain on the earth. He ascended to heaven to prepare a place for us and to send the Holy Spirit to indwell us (Jn. 14:2,25-26; Acts 1:9).

Our ascended Lord won’t remain in heaven. He will come back to take us home to be with Him (Jn. 14:3).

The birth of Christ has made a difference, but it doesn’t mean we will have a trouble-free life. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation.” But then He added, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33). Because Christ’s presence and power is within us, we can triumph over trials. That’s grounds for good cheer!

Instead of being overwhelmed by trials, we can face them confidently because Christ does make a difference.