13th January 2020

History in the Making

“…he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.”
Ephesians 1:4 (NRSV)

I don’t know if you picked up the piece of news concerning a coffee stall in the East End of London that had been serving customers for 100 years. Even during WW2, the owners Syd Tothill and his wife May obtained a special licence to ignore the Blitz blackout and to open the stall at night to cater for the Fire Fighters and the Air-raid Wardens. The stall was recently donated to the Museum of London by Jane Tothill, Syd’s granddaughter, after she had run it for 30 years. History is important!

Jesus had a history too—after his birth, which was celebrated recently, in due time he became a toddler, a boy, a youth and a man. At age 12 we find him in the Temple, having wandered off from his parents. Luke records this in chapter 2:41-52. Notice what he was up to as you read verse 46: “they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.” Our next glimpse of him as he begins his ministry at age 30 is in Luke 3:23; and three and a half years later we see a man nailed upon a cross! Unfortunately, this part of his history has been ignored by millions of people who celebrated his birth!

Some may ask, “Why come in human flesh?” Well, he came to stand with humanity on our side of the relationship with the Father. He is God in the flesh—Immanuel—God with us! God was no longer over there, up there, or any other place, but now “with us!” He crossed over to our side of the new covenant with flesh and blood and bone; now God is on both sides. He was sent to destroy our failure, our unfaithfulness, our sin, disobedience and rebellion. This is the grace of God.

In short, Jesus’ history as a human is that he removed all the obstacles that had separated us from a loving Father! So, by his birth, life, crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension, he took away our alienation and brought us into the Father’s presence. He has liberated us because we were unable to set ourselves free from sin! The simple news of the Father’s purpose, carried out and accomplished in Jesus, ceases to be merely religious news, but becomes Good News—inspiring, hopeful, joyful, liberating and life-giving! Now you know part of the history of the Son after his birth. He is the One who gave his all for us willingly! Will you thank him?

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for the precious gift of your Son who has made us all acceptable to stand before your throne, holy and blameless.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill
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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: luton@gracecom.church

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