What Child Is This
Today is the day that we remember events that happened thousands of years ago. In Luke 2, we are told a story of just one of the people who was waiting – Simeon. The truth is that a whole nation had been waiting, and they had been waiting for a long time.
For thousands of years, God had been working. And he promised to work again, but this time in a way that would exceed everything that he had done before.
The people of the first century were given clues about the child, Jesus, who had been born. He would be someone special. Could it be that this is the child, the one born in a manger, who would change the world? Interestingly, 9 out of 10 Australians like to see nativity scenes in the lead up to Christmas. Perhaps our own intuition speaks a powerful truth.
The people of the first century gradually came to know that indeed, baby Jesus was the child who would change the world – because he is the one who would die and even conquer death by rising again.
Today, we give and receive gifts. A recent survey suggested that the best gifts one can give today are technology (36%), experiences (26%) and jewellery (21%). [The worst gifts are novelty gifts and ornaments (Oops – I hope this is not too late!)].
The tradition of giving and receiving gifts is one that takes us all the way back to the greatest gift ever – the child born in the first century. Jesus was the greatest gift ever because, through him, our sins can be forgiven. And restored relationship with God means eternal life.
We hope that you have a very Merry Christmas, as we celebrate the coming of the child.