People grumble that Jesus wasn’t born on 25th December – they are probably right.
The same people tell me that ‘someone on the internet’ told them that various Pagan gods were born on the 25th. I think thats equally impossible to prove.
Despite all its added on layer of artificial commercialness, I still like Christmas.
Where other time have I have I heard my religious Muslim work colleague singing “away in a manger” in the school I was working in and my Hindu next door neighbours also have their 12 year old daughter playing Christmas songs on the piano. I also hear the Salvation Army singing songs at Charing Cross railway station.
Please tell people to stop whining and look out for our neighbours who maybe on their own this season and visit them and see how they are, and maybe look for opportunities to share your faith in Jesus.
This week my church encouraged us to bring someone new along to a carols event would be a perfect non-threatening opportunity. There’s many at my church I greatly look up to who do a secular job in London’s city centre in finance, insurance, construction and legal companies who invite people they work with. One friend of mine brought four people from his department, this is hugely admirable.
But equally as well as bringing new people to Christ, we should look to bring back Christians who have drifted away. I got the opportunity to get someone along who walked away from church a year ago.
Today I was reminded by this scripture.
Jude 1 : 20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Paul doesn’t believe in Once saved always saved. So neither do I. I have felt a burden to disciple and bring back those who have stopped going to church or got into other religious systems and strange teaching. (easy to do in London) I didn’t go out of my way to do this, seems sometime the Lord brings people to me and I try and point them back to Jesus.
I like the fact there is one holiday that is impossible to ignore about the Messiah of Israel a week before we start a whole new year.
A blog post on the origins of ‘Christ-mass’ would make very interesting reading…. just a suggestion….