"there has only ever been one perfect man, the Lord Jesus, and we killed him. I only missed a putt."
Christmas 2009The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Luke 2:10-12
Christmas is nearly upon us. The world and his sister are looking forward to a nice break from work. Shame that you work in the world of sport. Nice break over Christmas, don’t make me laugh. If you are a player or coach you might be training on Christmas Day. And the rest of you, even if you get Christmas day off, you are likely to be working pretty soon afterwards. The rest of the country may be on holiday but in the sport and leisure industry it can be one of your busiest periods.
In the midst of the busyness let’s not lose sight of what Christmas is really all about. Christmas is not about wearing a Santa Claus hat, eating too many mince pies or trying to buy presents for relatives you don’t really like and spending as little as you can on them.
Christmas is about Jesus. The angels’ message can be summed up in three simple statements:
There is good news
The good news is for everyone
The good news starts by finding Jesus.
It is as much good news in 2009 as it was when the angels announced it to the shepherds over 2000 years ago. The whole Christmas story has the stamp of God. It changed human history forever. Nothing will be the same again. God became man. By believing in Jesus we can start a new life. We can be saved from judgment and from hell. What is more Jesus promises that he will never leave you.
May the joy of the angels
The eagerness of the shepherds
The perseverance of the wise men
The obedience of Joseph and Mary
And the peace of the Christ child be yours this Christmas
(Heard at St Michael’s Cumnor 2008)