A message for Christmas
No doubt as you read this, most of you will be in the midst of preparation and planning for Christmas. Some things will already have been done (even if that is only thinking about what needs to be done), some things will be being done, but there will no doubt be more to do.
Christmas generally involves a fair amount of preparation, and a good deal of planning. But hopefully, when we get there it is worth the effort.
Our preparations may stretch back weeks, sometimes even months, before the ‘big day’. But as the Bible reminds us, God’s preparations to send his Son Jesus to save his people stretch back much further than that.
When people begin to read through the New Testament for the first time, they usually begin with Matthew the first gospel account of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and many have wondered why Matthew should begin with a genealogy – a long list of names many of whom most people don’t know and some with names which are difficult to pronounce.
One of the reasons for this genealogy at the beginning of Matthew’s account of Jesus is that it shows how God planned the coming of Jesus for a long time – for at least 2000 years. The first time we are told of Jesus coming is in the first book of the Old Testament, Genesis 3:15. Later on in the book we find God giving a promise that Jesus would come. But the planning for Jesus to come goes back even further than this. The New Testament tells us that God’s plan to send His Son, stretches back into eternity. Christmas is of course the time in history when we remember that God did in fact send His only Son into the world.
God did not send his Son as a last minute fix to an unexpected problem, or because he couldn’t work out what else to do, or because He had to. God sent his son to save his people. As the angel tells Joseph (speaking of Mary): “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew chapter 1, verse 21) Let me encourage you to join us this Christmas as we reflect on what the birth of Jesus Christ, what God’s plan to bless his people, and to save them from their sins, means for us.
We trust you have a joyful and blessed Christmas and we hope to see you soon,
The fellowship at Zion Baptist Church, Penycae.