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Many people throughout the history of God’s people have received a great honour from God that was completely undeserved.
Mary, like those people, was nothing more than an ordinary human with an extraordinary privilege.
It is hard to conceive just how amazing it would be for a woman to receive news that she would give birth to the great saviour of the world.
In her humble state, she would be known for generations as blessed by God, for the great things that he has done for her.
Like Mary, none of us deserve to be known by Jesus nor to enjoy great blessings from God.
Yet, like Mary, God has greatly blessed all of us whom he has called to himself.
May this be a Christmas where we are reminded again of how great it is to be personally related to Jesus as Lord and saviour.
Christmas is about filling things up: our stomachs with huge meals… our stockings with presents… and our letterboxes with junk mail!
Yet it’s often at this time of excess that so many of us feel empty.
At its heart, Christmas is not about food, gifts or family: it’s about the real birth of the real Jesus, who though he was the creator of the world, became part of his creation as a real man.
Because he was a real man it meant he could die a real death for real sins—the sins of those of us who come to him for grace and mercy.
For we who trust in Jesus now have a real hope for this life and the life that is to come, and we can know the real love of the true God.
So, whether you’re feeling full or empty this Christmas, make sure you trust in the real hope of the real Jesus, trusting in the baby from Bethlehem who grew to be the man of the cross.
It is difficult to overstate how God has used our brother Billy Graham to see countless men, women and children come to know Jesus as their personal saviour.
In what may prove to be his final message, Dr Graham featured in a half-hour-long documentary, in which he reflects on his past ministry, but more than that, speaks again the heart of his message–the cross of Christ.
I cannot recommend this video more strongly, not only for believers in Jesus, but especially for those who don’t yet follow him.
The video also features the powerful testimonies of Christian rapper Lecrae, and musician Lacey Sturm, making this a video for all ages.
You can view the video online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bba2Dqaw6SI
Please watch it, share it, and pray that the video has a real impact on millions of people!
Our world-wide Anglican fellowship is a pretty ‘broad’ church in many ways.
There are people from all continents, who gather together in lots of different ways, speaking different languages and bringing God’s word to many different tribes and nations in a way that is meaningful to the individual contexts.
Unfortunately, there are some ways in which our church is more broad than it should be… and that’s in the important area of what we believe about the death of Jesus.
Strictly speaking, all Anglican ministers believe that Jesus died ‘for us’, but sadly, not all believe that this means that he was a substitute for God’s just punishment towards everyone who has rejected God’s rule in their lives.
Yet, the message of the Bible clearly shows us that Jesus’ death was more than an example; he died as a genuine substitute for us: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Let us never forget the true power of the cross!
Christmas is full of dreams… but so often those dreams are not realised.
We dream for real presents, but we end up with undies and socks; we dream about rich relationships, but we end up with conflict and awkward moments; we dream about fulfilment, but we end up empty.
Our world is dreaming of a real Christmas, and we know that it’s only in knowing Jesus that a person can have a Christmas full of real hope in the real Jesus.
Our Christmas campaign this year is all about handing out 4,000 Christmas cards with a cute baby in a santa outfit and a caption that says “I’m dreaming of a real Christmas!”
Inside, we have details of our Community Carols Celebration and our Christmas Day Service, and an opportunity for a personalised message.
We’ve also printed colour posters that we pray will be displayed in shops, schools and community centres around our area.
Please join with me in praying that the cards get into the hands of lots of people who this year might consider finding the Christmas of their dreams in the Lord Jesus Christ.