Christmas Wishes

Many earthly spectators look at this world and are saying: ‘it is the night and more the night that is coming’. A cold wind is blowing, throughout this world. A wind of tough and superficial talk, a wind of fear and lost trust, a wind of egocentrism and me, myself and I, a wind of discontent and greed, a wind of polarisation and extremism. We also face the climate changes, with its severe droughts, torrential rains and floods. We will see a rapidly changing world with earthquakes, wars and power fights over businesses, commodities, resources and national interests.

In Roman 8: 18-25 there is Paul. He looks at this same world from his perspective and he is seeing the birth of a new era, a new time. He sees the whole created universe in all its parts groans as if in the pangs of childbirth. But it is a birth, a birth of something new. The revelation of God’s Kingdom and the reign of the Son of men, Jesus himself. This is our message of hope. A hope we do not yet see, but we are looking forward to it eagerly and with patience.

Where does this leave us? In the time before Jesus’ first coming, there was that prophet mentioned in Luke 1: 76-79, John the Baptist. He told the people that they can be saved, when their sins are forgiven and that God's love and kindness will shine upon us like the sun that rises in the sky. On us who are living in the dark shadow of death, this light will shine to guide us into a life of peace. This message is worth spreading. But how to have faith, without having heard of him? And how can anyone hear, without someone to speak and spread the news? How lovely are the feet of those who bring the good tidings of peace! Jesus is the message and He is the beacon of hope, we are not. We are the messengers, the servants and a signposts pointing towards that hope, that Jesus is.

I wish you a merry Christmas and a blessed and happy new year.


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