If you live in Britain and go into public at least occasionally, it is hard to avoid the fact that it is December and that Christmas is rapidly approaching. For some, this season is one of joy and excitement, of family and of fun. For others it may be those things, but also a time of worry – about finding money to pay for presents, for food, for bills. Christmas can be an incredibly selfish time when it is easy to focus on oneself – my good time, the presents I wanted to be given, my chocolate brazil nuts (if you’re me and reluctant to share…). With all the focus on ‘me’ at Christmas and with all the busy-ness that this time of year brings, it is hard to see it as a season of reflection and it is easy to not think at all about what it is that Christmas is celebrating – that God sent His Son to earth to live as a man and to die as a man to pay for the sins of humankind. So here’s my question (taken from the talk at church today) – how are you planning to remember the real reason for Christmas this year?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3: 16-17).