A Word in Passing - December 2019
Jesus shows us what God is like. He is,
'the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being' Hebrews 1:3
Jesus is God revealed to us. The God of grace and the God of truth. The God of grace because He holds out to us
that which we do not deserve, that which we could not ourselves achieve - the offer of salvation, reconcilation to
God, forgiveness of our sins. The God of truth because He is faithful, loyal and dependable to all who put their
trust in Him. Jesus has promised that He will never reject anyone who comes to Him in faith trusting in His
saving work upon the cross (John 6:37), and God's word promises that nothing can ever seperate us from his
love, (Romas 8: 38-39).
This is the Jesus we celebrate and worship. The Word who, 'became flesh and made His dwelling among us'
John 1:14. This is the One who came and gave Himself completely for you and me, who allowed Himself to be
scorned, rejected and nailed to the cross of Calvary, who took upon Himself the sin of the world, paying our
penalty that we might go free. This is the One who rose again victorious because death and sin could not hold
Him. This is the One who through His Holy Spirit continues His work even to this day; His light continuing to
shine, His purpose continuing to be worked out until that great day when He Himself will return in glory to
judge the living and the dead and bring to full realisation God's promised new creation.
This is the Jesus we celebrate and worship. The Jesus of the Bible. The Jesus believed in and followed by all
true Christians. The Jesus who will be at the centre of our Advent and Christmas worship. The Jesus who is to
be at the heart of who and what we are.
This is the Jesus we invite you to come and hear about and worship at this and every season of the year -
that this Jesus may be your Jesus too.
The Fellowship of Barnes Baptist Church
wish you a Happy Christmas
and a Blessed and Peaceful New Year
'Grace be with you'