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A Christmas Message

Updated: Dec 10, 2022

As I am writing these words, the Christmas ‘season’ is truly underway. Tinsels and decorations are up in almost all the places we go to and the general buzz of what this time of the year usually brings can truly be felt in the air.

But Christmas is more than just all these celebrations and festivities. It is about the birth of a baby in the little town of Bethlehem which is in Palestinian territory today. What makes this birth special is that it is no ordinary birth; he is no ordinary baby. It is a birth that was foretold many, many years before.

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

These words were spoken 700 years before Jesus was born by an Old Testament prophet called Micah. And there were many other prophecies by different prophets who lived at different times from one another that were spoken about this boy who would grow up and be known as Jesus of Nazareth. This is the same Jesus who would die on a wooden cross on a hill outside of Jerusalem.

In those days, dying on a wooden cross was a common occurrence. Criminals were punished and sentenced to death on the cross. When Jesus died, there were two other criminals who were sentenced to death along with him. The cross was in those days not exclusive to Jesus. Rather, what makes his death so extraordinary is that Jesus is no ordinary man. His birth was no ordinary birth – conceived by the Holy Spirit; born of a virgin. Many years ago, such a claim was a given fact, but today, such a notion is so foreign to many people. And yet, that’s what happened. Jesus’ birth was no ordinary birth; Jesus the person is no ordinary person. He was the Word that became flesh and made his dwelling among us. He is Emmanuel – God with us.

May this Christmas bring you all the joy and love that the season brings, but more than that, may this Christmas reveal to you the real reason for the season.

God bless you

Jimmy Merrylands Presbyterian Church

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