Christmas number 1
Do you know the story of the first Christmas? How God sent His own Son (His only Son) from Heaven, into the world, to be born a tiny, human, baby.
But not only that
– not to be born in a palace, so it was obvious he was important and God’s Son, but to be born in a dirty, smelly stable.
– not to be born to parents of importance and standing but to a lowly, insignificant couple.
– not to be born to a couple who were married, so there wouldn’t be disgrace, and a question over his legitimacy and who he actually was (things were very different then).
– not to be worshipped by angels of heaven but by lowly, rough shepherds and men who studied the stars and magic.
And why was God prepared to risk all that? The clue is in the name His Son was given, “Jesus”. It means “God saves”.
I believe the Christmas story makes it clear that people are in need of rescuing. Rescuing from ourselves. Rescuing from our sin and the hold it has on us. Rescuing from destruction! God’s plan to rescue us was to send His Son, to be born of a virgin – so that He would be both God and human – but without the sin. To live among us, showing God’s amazing love, almighty power and saving grace. And then to die in our place, taking the punishment for our sin, our turning our backs on God and deciding we know better. So that instead we can know forgiveness, freedom from guilt and a new closeness with God as our Heavenly Father. We can walk with Him every day of our lives, and even into death, if we put our trust in Jesus, turn from going our own way, and give our lives to Him.
“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. “ John 3:16
Why not come along to one of our Christmas activities to find out more?
Youth Club – we expect youth club to be running every Friday except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. New members are welcome and we would also be interested in hearing from anyone who would like to help us run the youth club.
If you’d like to know more; or you’d just like someone to talk to; or if we can help in any way; give us a call. Ken & Beck Burgin 01453 827414 or 07511197265 or email: info@EastingtonMethodists.org.uk