Christmas Reflection 2017
That Mary gave birth to an infant king, not in any palace, but in the cattle shed of Bethlehem, was a sign that a new kind of kingdom was inaugurated. This kingdom brought the life of heaven down to earth. Membership of this kingdom doesn’t dependent on wealth or status, but trust in God’s word. The most magnificent monarch and the lowliest beggar are equals in this kingdom: a Kingdom of truth and life, of holiness and grace, of justice, love and peace. In this Kingdom the sovereign Lord has a special name, the name Jesus; the name which means ‘God saves.’
It’s probably true to say that very many people today would not admit to needing a saviour: from what exactly do we need to be saved? But this isn’t true for everyone. Do you desire to find a deeper meaning in your life, a purpose to live for, a hope for eternity? Do you long to be loved and healed, at the core of your being, to be able to find forgiveness and peace of mind and heart? Do you want to turn away from selfishness, from injustice, from indifference, and embrace a more loving way of life? I certainly do. In the person and Gospel of Jesus there is the truth that saves; there is the spiritual strength that offers rescue from futility, from isolation, and from self-obsession.
Thinking about the coming of God’s Son into the world, an anonymous author once wrote: ‘If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; if our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; if our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; if our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer. But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Saviour.’
May we be saved and rescued from everything that prevents us honouring each person as a fellow citizen of God’s Kingdom. And may God bless you and your loved ones this Christmastime and throughout 2018.