Pastors Note December 2014

Pastors Note December 2014

Can you believe it? It’s nearly Christmas! We have twelve months to get ready but for many of us the same degree of panic gets played out every year. Not everyone is like that of course. I met a woman once who always bought her Christmas presents in the January sales … now that’s organised. That said I’m not sure if I’d fit into something today that was bought for me in January, but that’s another story!

As you know I love people, we are all so different – some are like the lady I referred to, super organised; others are more chilled and like to go with the flow! When I was in my twenties I used to buy Sue’s Christmas presents on Christmas Eve and I loved it! The fact that I couldn’t manage to get the right sizes didn’t seem to dampen my enthusiasm … after all it’s the thought that counts! I don’t do that now … see Sue for more details!

When you read the Biblical account of Christmas you are left with the undeniable reality that God isn’t a Christmas Eve sort of planner. Oh no, His idea of planning makes the lady who buys in January look disorganised! Let me explain what I mean. The account of Christ’s birth is found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke but the detail of his birth, life, death and resurrection are recorded in numerous books in the Old Testament that were written hundreds of years earlier. Have a look with me at the things the prophet’s said of the promised Messiah.

That he would be born in Bethlehem, He would be born of a virgin

That he would minister in Galilee, That he would speak in parables 

That he would perform all manner of miracles 

That he would be betrayed by a friend 

That he would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver 

With the money they would purchase the potter’s field 

That he would be crucified, That people would cast lots for his clothing 

Not a bone of his body would be broken, That he would rise from death 

Now that’s what I call organised! But I also find it compelling reading. As you know I have not always believed in God but discoveries like this helped me explore whether there was something more to this than just a ‘nice’ story. I have only referred to a few prophecies (advance announcements) of Jesus, there are many more. It makes you think doesn’t it?

Of course that’s what I try to do in each article I write, to think about the big questions of life, the really important ones that address meaning, value and purpose. Do we just exist or is there more? Is there truth in what will be proclaimed once again this Christmas that God loves you so much He sent His Son to be born to live and to die for you and me? I hope you will make time to find out.

Happy Christmas