God’s Gift To You

As I prepared for last Sunday’s service this verse stood out: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2.11(ESV). At this time of year it’s so easy to become over-familiar with these words but they are some of the most precious words uttered in all human history. As you prepare to celebrate Christmas this year reflect for a moment on the two little words ‘to you’, and look beyond all the modern day wrappings of Christmas to the very heart of the Christmas message, to Jesus himself and understand that this is God’s inexpressible gift to us. “That God so loved the world that he gave his only son ‘to you’ that believing in him you might not perish but have everlasting life” My stand out song this Christmas is “O Come, O Come, Immanuel” especially this version  sung by Joshua Aaron, a Messianic Jew. Listen to the words as this song doubles as a prayer for the first and second coming of Christ capturing a longing that perhaps we should all have. It takes us into the mind of old Israel, longing for the first coming of the Messiah. And it goes beyond that longing by voicing the yearning of the church to see the fulfilment of the glorious promise that Jesus will one day return in victory. Bryan