4th January 2017

Momentous Times

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
John 1:1,4 & 14 (NIV)

We have come to the end of celebrating the most significant event in history that happened over two thousand years ago—the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. Jesus came into our world and took on flesh. He essentially became like one of us experiencing hunger, tiredness, pain and even death. And he did it all for us because he loves us.

The world dressed itself up in tinsel, lights, Christmas trees and engaged in giving and sending out greetings cards to friends and relations. Some, however, only gave presents and cards if they were given one in return. And sadly, sometimes the true love that Christ displayed by coming to us was tarnished by others’ selfish ambitions and attitudes.

What have we learned from celebrating this Christmas, considering what we now know and understand about the Incarnation? I believe that the miracle of Christ’s birth is so far-reaching that it should impact our daily lives in a profound way.

When Jesus first came to earth, he met with many who opposed Him. And this was despite, and sometimes because of, the many miracles He performed. In Matthew 12:22-26 they accused him of casting out demons by the power of Satan. In other passages people questioned Jesus’ authority to heal and forgive sins.

Christians are persecuted around the world for their faith, such as those in North Korea who were forced by Kim Jong Un to celebrate his Gran’s birthday rather than Christmas. Thousands of Christians were forced to go underground to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and if found to be holding a service or prayers, they would be rounded up and imprisoned never seeing their families again.

Thankfully we live in a democratic society where we enjoy freedom of speech and religion, but this freedom must be viewed in the context of what Christ has done for us. We are told in scripture that we were bought with a price (1 Corinthians 7:23). What this means essentially is that you and I belong to Christ and we should rejoice in the fact that he has lavished His love on us. We who are Christians have the responsibility of letting the “Light” of Christ shine in and through us.

Prayer
Help us see past the tinsel to the true light of the world, Jesus, whose birth, life and death on our behalf we celebrate with great joy. Help us to let the light of Christ shine in and through us in the coming year.
Amen

Study by Barbara Wilkinson

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About the Author:
Barbara Wilkinson is a member of the Camberwell Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International, where she serves as a Deaconness.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Camberwell
The Salvation Army Hall
105 Lomond Grove
Camberwell
LONDON SE5 7HN

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11 am

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: barry_robinson@wcg.org.uk

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