Crawley United Reformed Church

LETTER FROM THE MANSE

Nativity sceneRecently some dear friends had a baby boy.  What a change he has brought to their lives!  As well as chaos!  But how special the arrival of a baby is to any family!

This Advent and Christmas we celebrate again God’s gift of Jesus: ‘Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!’ (2 Corinthians 9:15).  What can we say about this baby?

He is God Himself:

The unthinkable has happened: God has become a human being!  The eternal, creator God enters the world of time and space, both fully human and fully divine.  This divine baby can bring hope to our messy world, because He has fully become part of it.  He doesn’t stand apart but demonstrates a commitment to be with us and on our side in the midst of sin and suffering.

He is human like us: 

Jesus fully engaged with the whole range of human experience.  By His cross and resurrection, He can release us from the things that spiritually hold us back: and give us a life of love, peace and forgiveness.  Remember, the crib and cross are made of the same wood!

He is one with us:

In the coming of Jesus, Our creator God doesn’t draw us simply into a cosmic event, but into a relationship.  Just as I can hold and hug my friend’s new baby, so we have a God who wants to be intimately involved in our lives.  As Emmanuel, ‘God is with us’ (Matt 1:23).  Therefore, the question is: Are we with Him?  Are we ready to make space for Him at the centre of our Christmas Celebrations this year?

‘At Christmas time, when we receive [many] presents we don’t really need, God offers us a gift we cannot do without.’ (J John).

Wishing you and your family a very special advent and Christmas.

Blessings
Bridget