‘The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only,
Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth’ (John 1.14)
Christmas is fast approaching and, as usual, there seems to be the customary tendency to just ‘get things done’ as we all make our way to the end of 2019. I have heard this time of year referred to as the ‘Silly Season’ but I don’t think it is meant to be. It’s in our excessive 'busy-ness' that we can be robbed of the wonderful opportunities that God gives us to prepare our hearts for a great celebration. In the Old Testament, seven major feasts were instituted into the life of the nation of Israel in order for them to remember and celebrate their God given freedom and His great goodness to them. In the New Testament (Luke 15), Jesus' parable about a lost sheep being found and a lost coin turning up and, finally, the return of the prodigal son all end up with a major party being thrown in celebration. It is clear that God loves to celebrate (Zephaniah 3.17) and expects His people to join Him in doing so!
Our celebration this and every Christmas is that The Son of God has entered this world at a specific time in history and, by His life, death and resurrection has announced that the Kingdom of God has come to Planet Earth. Jesus Christ came to lift humanity out of the dark depths of sin, hopelessness and despair and has given us all the opportunity to be set free, forgiven and become part of what He is doing in the World. And the first Christmas is where it all started which is something definitely worth celebrating!
We trust that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and hopefully a decent break in January which will enable us all to begin 2020 well. But for now may we, the people of God, move towards the celebration of the birth of Jesus in a way that enables us to truly appreciate and celebrate the wonder of it all.
Love and blessings,
Steve & Pauline - December 2019