Christmas is here!

Posted: 10/12/2012

Christmas is here!

December is with us again with all the hustle and bustle of Christmas. I have to be honest, I love it all!

Christmas is an exciting time of the year. I love hearing the Christmas carols playing in the shops, the brass band playing in the shopping quadrant and seeing children full of vigour as they get ready for their various parties, school plays and visit to Santa’s Grotto.

However, there is a danger in our ‘commercialised’ Christmas that we may so easily forget that ‘Jesus is the reason for the season.’

Yes, there is something ‘wonderful’ about Christmas as far as children are concerned but the greatest wonder of Christmas is the ‘child’ born in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago

Let us make sure that we don’t go through Christmas feeling the pressure and the burden of it all, without also renewing the wonder in our hearts....... ‘Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.’ Let us be captured by the grace of God that He would step into this world. Let us be gripped by the hope inherent in the Christmas story for a world of sinners – for Christ came into the world to save sinners! Let us be stirred afresh by the history-changing event of the incarnation. Ponder the first Christmas, ponder the reality of the incarnation, ponder the journey from Bethlehem to Calvary and ponder once again the everlasting nature of the incarnation.

It's so easy for the true meaning of Christmas to get lost amid the hustle and bustle of the season. But there's no perfect gift, no perfect meal, nothing that man can do that can equal the glory of the Christmas miracle-the miracle of Christ's incarnation. This Christmas, before we do anything else, let us fall to our knees in humility before God with offers of prayer and thanksgiving for the saving work that began over 2,000 years ago with the birth of a tiny baby in a manger.

Have a very Happy Christmas
Nadolig Llawen

Pastor Arnie