Marcus’ December Letter

‘Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm. Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy…’

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Advent is upon us again and Christmas is just a few weeks away! There is so much to do and to get ready. Many of us are worrying about the cards we have to write, the presents we need to buy and where we are going to be able to get our turkey for the big day. No one can seriously dispute the impact that this one birth has had upon all the world. Nothing will ever be the same since Jesus was born, so much so that even many people that do not personally trust in Jesus still find themselves expending a great deal of money and effort to celebrate his birthday. Have you ever been to a birthday party where the merry making had taken over and the birthday boy himself was forgotten and overlooked? It’s sad when it happens to anyone but tragic when it happens with Jesus. What are we actually celebrating? How much do we know about what really happened that first Christmas? What does it mean that God the Son became one of us? Why would he have wanted to do such a thing?

In Advent we think about how the ancient church longed for its great Saviour’s birth and how we His church today with a same yearning long and look for his appearing. At Christmas, Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of Father, was sent in love to make all our problems his own and to save us from our sins, to bring us into his own wonderful life forever and allow us to become sons and daughters of his own great Father. Let’s, over this advent period, read and re-read the great stories of our Saviour’s birth, and ask Him to show himself to us in new and fresh ways. It is the greatest thing ever to have come to know Jesus for ourselves. Why don’t we pray for all those who will be coming into our church building over the Christmas period? Don’t we long for others to know Him and be helped by Him just like we have? This period can be a very difficult and lonely time for many in our church family. How can we be living the new life of Jesus together and loving and looking out for one another? With Jesus every day is a holiday and a day of feasting and being glad. This Advent and indeed this Christmas, lets allow the only really good news in all the world to wash over us and lift our eyes to Jesus, who loves us so deeply and has already done more for us than we can ever imagine, then we will have something to really celebrate!

With love and blessings in Jesus,

Marcus

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