7th December 2017

48-Hour Protection!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh & dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:1, 14 (NKJV)

We all have a different sense of humour and mine might be very different to yours. But I have been amused by the latest adverts for a brand of deodorant which advertises 48-hour protection! First why do we need 48 hour protection? Then does it imply we don’t need to wash or change our clothes for 48 hours because the deodorant will keep us smelling nice for that time? Then why only 48 hours, why not 72 hours or even seven days! I know it’s just a silly bit of advertising hype but it got me thinking about our need for protection, not for just 48 hours but for eternity! Would we swap 48 hours for eternal protection? Is such a thing available? How much does it cost? The answer is Yes, Yes and nothing! Sound to good to be true?

Well Christmas is coming and it has an interesting message for us about protection, not just for now in this life, but for eternity. The Bible explains that Jesus Christ, who was God, was born a human for our benefit. He came to earth in human form to experience life as a human being, from his birth as a baby, which we remember at Christmas, to his death on the cross, which we remember at Easter.

Remember the Harry Belafonte hit song, Mary’s Boy Child? The line that goes, “Man will live for evermore, because of Christmas day,” is telling us that this was no ordinary human being. God, in the person of Jesus Christ, gave his life for us in an expression of love greater than we can grasp. His resurrection is our guarantee that death, our final enemy, has been defeated. Which means we have, not 48 hour protection, but protection for eternity. Christmas tells us that there is a God, who loves us and died for us, to pay the penalty for our sins. Christmas tells us that God is not a remote, judgmental being, sitting far away with no real interest in us. Christmas tells us that God came down into our darkness, bringing light and real life to us and for us.

In this physical life we will have good and bad times, trials, temptations and sometimes terrible times, even leading to death. But Christmas tells us that death is not an end, it’s a new beginning. That whether we are Christians in this life or not, God’s protection covers us all. That everyone will have a chance to know God and either accept or reject His offer of eternal life.

Would we swap 48 hours for eternal protection? YES. Is such a thing available? YES. How much does it cost? For us, Nothing because God has already paid the price. Enjoy your Christmas celebrations, but remember the far deeper and more important meaning of this time.

Prayer
Gracious God, how can we thank you for all you have done for us, in becoming one of us to experience life in human form, to die for us and to take upon yourself the burden of our sin. Let us never forget the real meaning and importance of Christmas. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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