How Do You View Christmas?
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God with us’).”
Matthew 1:23 (NIVUK)
How you see Christmas depends to a large degree on your situation. If you work in a retail store the pressure will be great for the busiest shopping time of the year. If you are a student, the holiday after exams is a welcome break. If you are very young, Christmas and all it brings is a magical time. If you are parents or grandparents you can look forward with fond anticipation to family reunions.
As Christians we might feel any or all of those things, but we can also relate to Christmas in a very special way. As I was looking again at the Scriptures surrounding the Christmas story, there were a number of things that told me more about the God who was at work when Jesus was born. Here are some reflections:
- God is a God who brings us good news. Frankly there is so much bad news in this world of ours it’s difficult to know where to turn for some good news. Christmas reminds us that there is indeed a message of good news that we can share with a hurting world. Read Luke 2:10-11, “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’” It is good news for all humanity that Jesus Christ was born. God has given us a Saviour through whom we can be reconciled to Him and will be with Him for all eternity.
- God is a God who does the impossible for us As human beings we like to be self-sufficient; we like to feel we are in control of our lives and our destiny. The trouble is we soon realise that there is so much in our lives that is outside our control. Christmas reminds us that while we cannot be in control of everything, nothing is outside God’s control. “Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus’…Then Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I do not know a man?’ And the angel answered… ‘For with God nothing will be impossible’” (Luke1:30-31, 34-35,37 NKJV) God is the God who can make a way when there seems to be no way.
- God is the God who answers our prayers Sometimes we can feel with all the trouble in the world and difficulties in our life that God isn’t listening. Christmas reminds us that God not only listens but that he answers. “But the angel said…‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.’” (Luke 1:13) God is still the One with the answers today.
Why not view Christmas this year from the perspective of how great our God is?
Father, thank you that you have brought us good news, that you want to work in our lives to bring about the impossible and that you hear and answer our prayers. Truly you are an awesome God.
Study by Barry Robinson
Worldwide Church of God Camberwell
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