We are about to hear the stunning birth narrative of Jesus again. Three times on Christmas Eve and once on Christmas day, we will retell the story.
I don't think there are many people who dislike the story. In fact, most people love to hear it. The testament to that, is 1300 people attending the Road to Christmas in the heat!
This story of Jesus is attractive.
Of course, this is a great chance to share faith. I encourage you to take this opportunity and be bold. Invite your friends, neighbours and family. Who knows, they might just enjoy it and find something they have been looking for.
I’ve been writing about sharing faith at Christmas. It’s really interesting how people put up all sorts of lights around their houses. It’s a trend that’s really catching on, (I’m sure the power companies are really happy!) more and more.
Lights are a good topic to introduce Jesus. There are lots of links with Jesus and light; the star, Jesus the light of the world, the dazzling angels who announce various things about Jesus, not to mention the great prophecy from Isaiah 9 “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light”.
It’s good that we put lights up, it’s also good if we use them to point towards the source of all light; Jesus. When Jesus does enter into someone’s life he certainly lights it up – you can see it on their face!
May it be that we point others to the most vivid light of all.
Last week I talked about sharing faith at Christmas time.
Often in this festive season people talk about family. It is a time when we get together, share a meal and spend more time with each other, more so than usual. Many often comment that family is the most important thing for the whole season.
What a great point this is! I say that because this is exactly what God thinks. God sent his son into the world, not just to save us, but also to bring us into his family. By receiving his love and grace we get the joy of being adopted into the great family of God!
So when people say that Christmas is all about family, don’t be discouraged but smile and say YES! Maybe, if it’s right, tell them about the bigger family that they could be a part of.
For many people the topic of church, Jesus and the meaning of Christmas naturally arises at this time of year. It is an opportunity that we should be expecting and preparing for.
I believe we are fortunate to live in a society that has such a strong Christian festival at the centre of its life. It’s something that we should be thinking about and something we should be in prayer about. The questions are, how can we augment what God is already doing through this time of year? What are the ways we can help people see what really is going on with Christmas? How can we reflect the light of Jesus?
My prayer for all of us is that we will have an opportunity this Christmas season, to point to what God has done through Jesus. Imagine what it would be like if we could all do this?