28th December 2019

Can You Cook?

“Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel, which is translated ‘God is with us.’”
Matthew 1:22-23 (CSB)

Can you cook? I suspect for most ladies and some men the answer is a simple yes and puzzlement that anyone would ask the question. So let’s change it slightly, can you cook a lovely Sunday roast dinner? Again most ladies would probably answer, ‘Yes,’ but perhaps not quite as many men, though I am sure that many can. So to take it a little further, can you cook a lovely traditional Christmas dinner for your family? After all, it is really a scaled up Sunday roast for more people, in the case of our family this year, eleven people. I suspect again many people, both ladies and men would answer ‘Yes’.

But the answer does not really matter because it’s not really the point. The point is that our TV chefs, all put forward their own version of what a traditional Christmas dinner should be. They all try to make it a difficult occasion and all have their own variation of how you cook the different parts of the dinner. If you listen to them or read their articles you are tempted to think that no one has ever cooked a traditional Christmas dinner before, and they would be horrified if you said it is like a traditional Sunday roast but for more people than usual! I mean no offence to our many fine chefs but it is a classic example of majoring in the minors.

Of course it is nice to have a lovely traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, but what does that have to do with the real meaning of Christmas? A little, because hospitality should be part of our Christian approach to life. But many Christians in poorer parts of the world may have had very little for dinner on December 25th. But they will still be celebrating the real meaning of the day.

In all the hustle and bustle of preparing for and celebrating Christmas, however we do so, we need to remember that it is about the pivotal event in human history—the birth of God in human form, not into a palace with an elaborate meal, but into a stable, where he was laid in a manger. That single event is far more important than how we cooked our Christmas dinner! Whether our table was groaning under the weight of food provided or our lunch was as simple as some bread and cheese, let’s not forget this special time is not about what we eat, but what God has done and is doing for us every day of our lives.

God of love, however we celebrate this time of year, even though this world holds so many distractions, never let us forget its importance for us and for all humanity. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Keith Hartrick

About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds.

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

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: leeds@gracecom.church

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