A Simple Christmas
that’s what we’d all like deep down - strip back all the glamour and
expense and enjoy a few quiet days reflecting on the birth of the
greatest child ever to grace the earth; God’s own dear son, miraculously
conceived in Mary’s womb and born by divine appointment in a most humble
setting in Bethlehem.
what the fuss should all be about, though few remember the one whose
birthday we are celebrating. This certainly should be cause for a good
party, and God would surely approve, by my reading of the Bible. The
Lord ordained a number of key festivals for his people to celebrate
together so they did not forget the great things he had done for them.
We should rightly celebrate the birth of Jesus, and note the promise of
an eternal future in his presence is even portrayed as a glorious
banquet. God loves a party!
generous and loving God is not the one who would say “Bah humbug!” but I
doubt he approves of our commercial Xmas. Remember how Jesus overturned
the tables of the merchants abusing the house of God in Jerusalem and
making the holy place like a den of robbers. Society can so easily
destroy the meaning of this special season by turning into a money
year may well be a bit different – or indeed very much so. We may not be
able to have big family gatherings and travel everywhere we’d like. But
maybe that will help us take time to sit back and remember what it is
really all about; Jesus born into our broken and fragile existence – the
Light of the World. God was making his dwelling among us and shining in
the darkest places: a Saviour born for us – Christ the Lord - good news
of great joy for all people.
of the Lord told Joseph: “You are to give him the name Jesus, because he
will save his people from their sins” There is so much that is wrong in
our world today so we must approach the manger and worship the newborn
King with a sense of penitence for our own failings. Christmas Communion
may be a tradition for many who don’t attend church at other times, but
it really is vital that this is a genuine act of repentance and
realignment of our lives.
I do hope
that some of us can gather around The Lord’s Table perhaps on the
afternoon of 19th and we plan to have an online Communion service on
Christmas Eve. Let us draw near in simplicity of faith and put our lives
right in his presence – that we may receive the gift of his abundant
life – the most important thing in the world this Christmas time. Seek
first his Kingdom and his righteousness and all the rest will be
been quite a year, and we don’t know what 2021 will yet bring, but God
promises that nothing can separate us from his love in Christ Jesus,
even if we may be separated from some of our families this year. Let’s
be thankful for all that we do have.
not see you all, but Janet joins me in wishing you a very happy
Christmas and God’s richest blessings for the New Year,