One of the most frustrating things about Christmas is the way that the message of Christ is so misunderstood. One of the main reasons it is so misunderstood is because of the way so much of the professing church presents it. If church leaders often get is so wrong I guess we should not be surprised that most politicians don’t get it either. As I listen to their Christmas messages it seems that the only one who gets it is the Queen! (This year Boris Johnson’s is the best – he stresses that Christmas is about Christ and makes special mention of persecuted Christians. Jeremy Corbyn at least mentions the message of Christ. Nicola Sturgeon manages to get through a whole Christmas message without mentioning Jesus or Christians once!).
Today for example, in the Sydney Morning Herald, Julie Baird argued that Christmas was about feminism – Mary was a woman, the three wise men were really women….etc. In fact whatever your cause, it’s the easiest thing in the world to co-opt Jesus for it. The world will be filled of messages from clergy and politicians telling us what they think Jesus would say (which remarkably aligns with their agenda!) rather than telling us what Jesus did say, and why he came.
I much prefer the wonder, beauty and simplicity of what the Bible actually says…..
” She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).” (Matthew 1:-23).
He came to save his people from their sins. We are sinners. We need salvation. Christ came to provide it. End of. Beginning of!
Where is Jesus? He is with us.
“Immanuel, God with us in our nature, in our sorrows, in our life work, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather we with Him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent splendour” (C H Spurgeon)
If you want a real blessing this Christmas then listen to Andy Robertson’s three sermons from St Peters from Luke –
Here is the last one.