Pastor’s Pen January 2016

What was Christmas like for you as a child? Looking forward to presents and seeing family. The one day of the year mum will let you can eat anything you want. It was a day anticipated long in advance. But it also seemed to be over so quickly. By night time everyone was tired, full and grumpy. It was all so sweet, but it only lasted a moment.

As an adult it seems even more fleeting. Then there is the stress of preparing for visitors or visiting, ensuring the kids are all happy, and navigating the family politics. There are still some great moments but as life gets even more complicated we seem to have to work harder to capture them.

Christmas can be like fireworks. It shines brightly for an instance with lots of noise light and heat, but then it fades to black again. How can we make that moment last?

We need to look at the heart of Christmas. It points us to the time in history when Jesus was born. It marks the time when the eternal God became human, joined our history and changed it forever.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Jesus came to give us eternal life, so that we could become more than just a string of fleeting moments. Our hope and joy is not tied up in happy moments, but in a God who loves us. God doesn’t want us to just enjoy Jesus for a moment at Christmas, but for all eternity. That way we won’t just light up like fireworks, but through trusting in Jesus we can shine like the stars.

 

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