Second Day of Christmas
The reading from the book of Acts regarding Stephen directly ties with the reading from the book of Matthew. Jesus says “you will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.” Stephen endured until the end. He never stopped believing, even when he was being tortured. This reminds me that living a difficult life on earth following Christ is well worth the eternal reward. Stephen was tortured and killed for being a believer; but we know this brought Stephen to the Lord, which is what we should be concerned with first and foremost.
Additionally, when Jesus says in Matthew 10 “…do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you,” this gives us peace knowing that the Lord is always with us through our trials and despair. We must trust Him and His plan for our lives, as He knows us better than anyone else.
In this season of Christmas, let us rejoice in the Lord’s coming, remembering that it is He who has saved us and that He will always be there for us.