From The Rectory

11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Luke 2v11-12

These were the words proclaimed by a heavenly host of angels to a group of shepherds, on the first Christmas morning!

After recovering from the initial fear and shock, the shepherds left their sheep, and made their way into town, to see their saviour.  

If Jesus were born today, would people drop everything and rush to see him?  I think sadly not, I think we are in an age where we do not truly recognise our need for a saviour, the majority of people would consider themselves good, honest citizens.

As mentioned in previous editorials, I go running.  It is a time where I can clear my head and feel especially close to God.  Whilst running along the river the other day my eye was drawn a warning sign, ‘Danger Deep Water- No Swimming’.  Then next to the sign was a buoyancy aid and rope! 

Although the sign should be good enough to keep people out of the water, a device, the buoyancy aid has been provided for those who stray into the water.  

In effect this is also what God has done for us!  God has provided us with guidance through his word, but for the times when we stray, he has offered alongside his word, a means to save, His son, Jesus.

And that is what we celebrate at Christmas, the greatest gift ever given, the birth of Jesus our saviour.

So this Christmas amongst, the preparations and celebrations, the food and drink, the presents and visiting, take a moment to pause, and to remember what we are truly celebrating, the birth of a child, our saviour, Jesus Christ, God’s rescue plan. 

Praying that you have a happy Christmas and New Year

 

Wil North


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