Thought for the week by Stuart Muir
HAPPY Christmas everyone.
Again already. Only seems a very short while since the last one and so time related phrases feel very true; “doesn’t time fly, hasn’t he/she grown, this time last week we were.....” etc.
For me, time is the thing I run out of on a frequent basis. There is so much I want to do and never seem to be able to fit it in.
As we approach Christmas, what little time before the big day is left feels very ‘squeezed’.
All those jobs that needed doing before Christmas, all that visiting that was going to be done, never mind normal stuff like going to work and shopping for basics.
The amount of effort we put into Christmas is astonishing and yet it should not come as a surprise really should it?
It is exactly a year since the last one, we knew it was coming, but still we rush around until the last minute in preparation for one day of the year.
I do not think that this was what God really had in mind. The birth of a child is nearly always a cause for celebration, and Jesus’ birth was no exception. Yet beyond the obvious reasons for celebrating, a whole nation had waited for the arrival of this baby.
The promised saviour was a cause for celebration but at first was only shared with a few shepherds (oh and best not forget the whole company of heaven).
The point was though that it was a very ordinary birth at the time, not the birth that would be expected of a king. Jesus entered this world as an ordinary human who went on to do extraordinary things. That is the real message of Christmas.
In God there are endless possibilities, through him we have the most amazing potential to change the world for the better.
Christmas is not just about the turkey and the tinsel. At its absolute best it is about celebrating the birth of a baby who became the most important person who ever lived and who has the power to change lives as much today as two thousand years ago.
Now that is a birth well worth celebrating.
So why not join in with a church near you and celebrate Christmas with Christ.
God gave us Jesus, it is the very least we can do for him.
Happy Christmas and a joyful New Year.
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