As Christmas rapidly approaches, each one of us has something to which we can look forward. Some of us are looking forward to seeing family and friends we have not seen in some time. Some of us are looking forward to a much needed rest and break from a hectic schedule. Others wait in joyful expectation to partake of all the food and gifts given and received at Christmas.
Joyful expectation accurately describes the state of mind of the folks at the first Christmas as proclaimed in the Gospel of Luke. Zechariah, bubbled with joy at the birth of John the Baptist, his father. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, he expressed his exultation in the words we call the Benedictus –literally meaning: “good word.” The last few Good Words read like this: “Through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the Dayspring from on high has visited us….” (Luke 1:78 KJV) “The Dayspring” is the dawn of a new era, or order of things! The long awaited ‘new era’ that Zechariah was seeing and hoping for, was the coming of the Kingdom of God made manifest in the person of Jesus Christ. Zechariah was expressing the hope of the present and the future for all the people.
Truly, Jesus arrival on the scene unveiled a new era. He said: “I am making everything new!” This means that he is refreshing things and reviving them. So, we have hope, right now and for the future. That is a more precious and lasting gift than anything that you I will find under the tree.
So, with Jen and Stevie and our 2- 4 legged friends, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and encourage you to look after your families and to make room for the stranger – thus modelling Christ—the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
In the love of Jesus,