Make Time This Christmas

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Over the next few days let’s take time to focus on the actual reason for celebrating at Christmas time.

Let’s get past the food, although that’s good. Let’s get past the presents, although I am hoping for some. Let’s get past the tv, although I’m hopeful for some half decent programmes.

Instead let’s pause, reflect and consider the reality of Jesus. Why he came from heaven to earth and how embracing the good news of a Saviour can change everything for ever.

Let’s push all the ‘stuff’ most people associate with Christmas aside and make that deliberate effort to thank God for sending His son. That God would be born as a baby, with all the risk involved in such a move. All so he could be here, dwelling amongst, Immanuel, God with us. 

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel [Isaiah 7:14]

Matthew 1: The Plan for Redemption had Begun

Just read Matthew Chapter 1. Excited that some of the Xcel Darlington congregation are journeying through this book with me during June…jump in if you want to.

Family is important. Don’t know what yours is like but in the time Jesus your lineage said heaps about you. So this is some statement by Matthew right at the start of his account of the life of Jesus.

v1 He was the Son of David, the Son of Abraham

(I am the Son of David, the Son of Thomas – nothing special in the scheme of things). Jesus was being set up as the Messiah, more important than those he followed. Which of course he is but to those reading this for the first time I imagine that such a statement would have been quite shocking, presumptious maybe and probably made Matthew a ‘marked’ man.

Whenever I read I try and place myself into the event. The birth of Jesus is THE incredible event. Imagine how those involved must have felt, the emotions, the questions, the challenges, the experience. Joseph must have been feeling excited, nervous, angry, amazed, awe-struck, responsible, so many emotions just wanting to do the right thing. Having a child at the best of times can be hard, the circumstances here are just asking for trouble but through it all…GOD IS IN CONTROL! Sometimes its best to just follow His lead.

The plan for redemption had begun to take shape.

[What do you think?]