Fresh Hope – 24th December 2019

When the Angel Gabriel delivered the news to Mary and Joseph, he told them that the name of their baby was to be Jesus. There were no other names suitable for this special baby, He had to be named Jesus —why?


The name Jesus means ‘God saves’. When the Angel announced the name, he also wanted everyone to be quite clear as to why…’for He will save His people from their sins’. The message didn’t just stop there though, as just a few verses later into the Christmas story, the Angel further announces that He will be called or known as Emmanuel.

Everyone of us is named one thing and called another from time to time. Jesus was no exception; what He would be called and known for was more than just the name Jesus, as Emmanuel means ‘God with us’.


Can you imagine the breathtaking news that this day brought – not only is the world getting a saviour, but this saviour was to be God in the flesh. God so wanted to come down to our level that He came as Himself in the form of Jesus. WOW!
Today, the same is still as true as it was then, in that every Christmas that comes and goes is yet again a reminder that God is with us. Maybe you only ever think of God as somewhere out there, someone that exists, but cannot be personally known. Jesus’ arrival changed all that in that He made it possible to be known, yes, personally known.


His arrival into Bethlehem is actually an open invitation for you to come to Him and allow Him into your life. Jesus is the ‘knowable’ God. 
The Inn keeper is one of the best known characters in the nativity play, as he was the fella that said ‘no room’. Don’t be like him today as you get caught up in the busy-ness of Christmas, but be like the shepherds that put their own lives on hold just to come and see.

Take a look at Jesus this Christmas – after all, it’s His birthday that we are celebrating. 
Maybe the last words of the old carol, ‘in the bleak mid winter’ will help you in making that decision today…
What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; Yet what I can I give Him: give Him my heart. 

May I take this opportunity today to personally invite you to the very special family CHRISTMAS EVE service tonight at 6pm. (Doors and coffee shop open at 5pm). Ample offsite overflow parking is available.
I look forward to seeing you.  

Pastor Mark

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