A WORD IN PASSING December 2017
Through prophetic voices God had, over many centuries' foretold the coming of the Saviour. So you
would think His people would have been ready. But they weren't. There was no royal welcome. There
were no cheering crowds. Nobody dressed up and nothing was spruced up to honour Him. In fact,
'.. the world did not recognise him. He came to that which was his own,
but his own did not receive him.' John 1: 10-11
He came and saw and experienced things as they really are. No degree of superficiality whatsoever
about this royal visit. When God's Son came to us He came and rooted Himself into human existence
with all its highs and lows.
Of course there were some visitors. Luke tells us of the shepherds, and later on Matthew records the
visit of wise men bearing gifts. But these were no happy mementos for though they synbolised a future
kingship they also foretold a future that would include suffering and death.
This was no 'here today, gone tomorrow' royal or celebrity visitation. It didn't come about because
God needed the publicity or because He thought we needed to feel good about ourselves. It came about
because God loves us and wants the best for us.
The Bible declares that,
"God so loved the world that he gave His only Son" John 3:16
and Jesus, Himself proclaimed ..
"I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." John 10:10
In order that we may have that life, Jesus the Son of God, willingly gave up His own life for us on the
cross of Calvary. Paul writes that ..
'.. God was pleased .. through Him (Jesus) to reconcile to Himself all things on earth and things in
heaven, by making peace through Jesus' blood, shed on the cross.' Colosians 1:19
At the heart of this season of goodwill lies the greater truth of God's goodwill toward us. He has sent to
us - given for us - His Son, Jesus.
In the midst of your Christmas celebrations don't forget to prepare your heart.
In the midst of your Christmas celebrations take time to reflect on what those celebrations should
really be about.
As you give and receive gifts remember the gift God, through the giving of His Son, offers you.
Don't make the same mistake that was made 2000 years ago. When Jesus returns - as He promised He
one day will -don't be found unready.