Sermon Christmas Day December 25, 2017

Isaiah 52:7-10          Psalm 98          Hebrews 1:1-12                     John 1:1-14

May these words and our thoughts be acceptable to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Today we celebrate the Birth of the Saviour, Jesus Christ.  It is a mystery.  Why did God became one of us ?  We are pretty humble material into which the Divine was poured, like putting champagne in a tin up – or worse.  Why then ?  Why not before ?  Why not now ?

That is all part of the mystery.  If Jesus came to save us what about all those who lived before, did they die unredeemed ?  The short answer is  “No”.  Jesus was really with us from the Beginning and will be with us forevermore.  Time and timing is of no consequence to God He is the Master of Time.

Jesus came at a time when we were ready to receive Him not at a time when He was ready to receive us, because He is always standing at the door waiting for us, ready and waiting  (Luke 11:9).  And of those souls born before Jesus’ Birth and those who have never known Him, they are with Him, for all things are possible with God and Jesus is the Redeemer of all.

The Babe in the Manger is neither the first sign nor the first action God ever did to get us to come round to His Way.  God’s direct action in the lives of people, the angels, the prophets were first, we however closed our eyes, ears, our minds and wandered around in the darkness looking for the light.  But the Babe in the Manger is the universally appealing sight to which all people gather.  And we do it still today because His Birth is timeless.  Every year people of faith and not clamour for the idea of Christmas and the promise of the New Life that it brings.  Most of them sadly clamour for the bright lights and the sentimental songs of Christmas, but that is only an unrecognised symptom that they need something more beautiful, something more than they can know, to be real for them.  Jesus is that longed-for reality.  He presents Himself first as a baby, so that we know who and what He is, and then He comes again as the only One who can sacrifice Himself for us to redeem us from the clutches of despair.

The Baby in the Manger is God saying to us  “Here I am, come and be with Me, grow up with Me, be My sister and be My brother.  This life that we share is a gift from Me, take it, enjoy it and let’s live it together”.  The Baby in the Manger is not loaded up with rules and regulations and laws, the Baby just wants we and Him to live life as intended at one with God and with each other.  It’s not so hard to do.  Just let go and let God.

May you have a blessed Christmas and a Christ filled New Year.  Amen.

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