Good News Line Christmas 2015

Peace on Earth

It’s been a tumultuous year. It begun with a never ending financial crisis in Greece:  Here we had what seemed to be a never ending election culminating in an unexpected, by many, election result. Meanwhile ISIS, ISil or Daiesh appeared to grow in strength across the Middle East. Many millions of Iraqis and Syrians have been displaced and “exist” in camps in neighbouring states. Others set off on the perilous journey to Europe. We all can remember that image of that little boy, Aylan, being carried carefully from the surf of a Turkish beach by that local policeman. Thousands of others have drowned unnoticed in the Adriatic and Mediterranean.

Initially Angela Merkel’s Germany welcomed the refugees and migrants but the recent terrorist atrocity in Paris has closed the borders across Europe. Not much to cheer about you might think but we did win the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936. Thank you to the Murray brothers: Brits through and through!

Genuinely, we must remain cheerful. There is GOOD NEWS; especially at this time of year.

During Advent we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus. In the book of Isaiah Ch 9 verse 6 the prophet describes this event: “For to us a child is born; to us a child is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Wow! That’s some job description. For many of us it may seem that hardly anything is going right but God, in His mercy, has a solution. And that solution has its beginning in that helpless baby born amongst the animals in Bethlehem. Jesus grew up with his earthly parents Joseph and Mary: lived a perfect life and spent 3 years of His adult life fulfilling some of that prophesy above. And also that revealed in chapter 53 of Isaiah’s fascinating book. (Do make time if you can to read those verses – it helps to make sense of much of Jesus’ ministry). He lived and taught the Very Good News that anyone who puts their trust in Him would have Eternal Life.

I would ask you, this year, to think upon the real story of Christmas. And what Jesus can mean to you.  Peace might appear to be in short supply in these troubled times. However Jesus promises to all who call on His Name that he will accept the invitation to come to your side. He promises to be with you. All you have to do is “Ask”. After all, He is The Prince of Peace. If you would like to know more about God’s gift this Christmas do give me a call. Meanwhile, please do have a happy and peace filled Christmas and a blessed New Year.

PS  Jesus Himself said: “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called the sons (and daughters) of God”. Matthew 5: 9

Please find time to read the words of this great carol below. It says it all:

 

Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ by highest heav'n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

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