Thought for the Week

25 Dec 2017

Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ

‘……..she gave birth to a son; and named Him Jesus.’  Matthew 1:25

The Day of Joy has arrived! Jesus is born to us and for us. Glory to God in the highest!

We read in the book of the prophet Isaiah, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. The Virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son and they will call Him Emmanuel a name which means ‘God-Is-with-us’.” Isaiah 9:2

Christmas celebrates the beautiful and wonderful fact that Almighty God becomes a human being.  The All Powerful, Unseen God, the All-Holy One becomes as one of us.  He has eyes, ears, hands, feet and heart as we do.  God becomes like us to save us and lift us to the height of His Throne.  He comes to change and transform us and adopt us into His family as treasured and adored sons and daughters.  The Invulnerable and Untouchable God becomes vulnerable, weak, helpless – for us and such as us.

Jesus is Bethlehem’s Treasure and He is the Supreme Treasure of Heaven.  The name ‘Bethlehem’ means ‘House of Bread’ and it is fitting and part of God’s plan that His Beloved Son who called Himself the ‘Bread of Life’ should be born there as it was foretold all those years before by the Prophet Isaiah.  As we look at our Christmas trees as they stand proudly in our homes this Christmas, hung with the bright and shiny baubles and gifts for those we love, this tree we put up year after year hints at the Tree which stood in the Garden of Eden with the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil and all Knowledge.  It also points us to the Tree in the new Heaven and Earth in the Book of the Apocalypse (Revelation) when this Tree will bear fruit 12 times a year for the healing of the Nations.  Our Christmas tree also reminds us of the reason for Jesus’s Coming to us when, years later He, the Greatest Gift of our Loving Heavenly Father, the Treasure of the Universe and Heaven itself was hung for us upon another Tree to bring us everlasting life – the Tree of the Cross on Calvary’s hill.

As we celebrate this wonderful feast and its true meaning, let us pause to reflect on the fact that we are no longer alone- the Lord in His Love has come near to us.

Here is a beautiful Christmas prayer: May the Lord bless you and your loved ones this Christmastime and always.

Christmas Manger Prayer

O God,
whose mighty Son was born in Bethlehem
those days long ago,
lead us to that same poor place,
where Mary laid her tiny Child.
And as we look on in wonder and praise,
make us welcome Him in all new life,
see Him in the poor,
and care for His handiwork
the earth, the sky and the sea.
O God, bless us again in Your great love.
We pray for this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.