As a child I looked forward to Christmas with eager anticipation. The morning could never come quick enough! My Mum and Dad often went to great care with only a modest amount of money, to make our Christmas presents special. I remember the year I received my first chess set. I’d been playing with my brother on the kitchen table with different coloured buttons representing the pieces, and my parents must have noticed.
You know our Father in heaven notices us?
He knows our needs. He says He will not give us a stone if we ask for bread. (Lk 11:11)
God looked at the world and saw the need for the most precious gift all, a gift that would save the world from perishing, the gift of His very own son.
(Jn 3:16) This Christmas why don’t you share the real Gift of Christmas to your family and friends? You may get a wonderful gift in return, the salvation of one of your family or friends.
As the Christmas season draws closer we can look forward to celebrating the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. We don’t know for certain what day Jesus was born, but we do know He was born, He died and rose again!
For many of us there may be significant and important dates. Our own birthday, anniversary, important historical dates that evoke very confronting memories like September 11. Or perhaps for us it is the date that a loved one passed away.
There is one date that we will never know but as Christians we should be focussed on that date, more than any other. Which date am I referring to? The one that only our Father in heaven knows, the date of Christ’s return.
We do not know the day or hour of His return, but he will come like a thief in the night and we must be ready. If we like to get ready for important dates like Christmas, how much more should we be ready for the return of Jesus?
The most famous sermon ever preached was not in a large church or by an eloquent evangelist. It was shared on a hillside amongst ordinary people by an extraordinary person—Jesus Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. (You can read about it in Matthew 5.)
One of the exhortations to His followers that day was to become the Salt and Light of this world. (v13-16) Salt preserves food and adds taste. Light shines in the darkness and helps us to see clearly.
We are called to make a difference in this world; in our community, in our family, in our jobs and even in our church!
What if our ‘salt’ loses it’s saltiness or we hide our ‘light’? Then it becomes useless for God’s purposes. Jesus wants “your light to shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
What a wonderful privilege we have!
Senior Pastor at Eternity Church.