Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Christmas in three words

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

‘Describe Christmas in three words.’

That was the challenge put to various celebrities in a Marks & Spencer advert a few years ago.

‘Eating too much’ said the actress Honor Blackman.

‘Morecombe and Wise’ said Redgrave and Pinsent, the Olympic rowers.

Other suggestions were ‘filling a stocking’, ‘The Queen’s Speech’, and ‘last-minute shopping’, before the inevitable finale: ‘Marks and Spencer’

But what about the words, ‘Christ is born?’

They didn’t seem to fit into the advert and I wonder if they really fit into many peoples idea of Christmas.

Of course, if you take Christ out of Christmas you are only left with three letters ‘MAS’ or ‘M&S’.

Is that really all that Christmas is about?

Unfortunately for many it is.

It’s so easy at Christmas time, even for Christians, to be so preoccupied with shopping, and partying, that we forget what it is we are supposed to be celebrating.

If I were to describe Christmas in just three words it would be ‘Immanuel’.

‘Hold on a minute’, I can hear you say, ‘Immanuel is just one word not three’. Well take a look at Matthew 1:23,

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” – Which means, “God with us.”

These are the vital three words of Christmas, showing that in the birth of Jesus, God Himself has come to us.

The Apostle John adds,

‘…the word was God...The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…’ (John 1:1,14)

The words, “God with us” reveal the true meaning of Christmas.

They tell us that God is not a distant God; He loves us and has drawn near to us in the person of His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ.

Have you recognised that this baby born in Bethlehem is indeed “God with us” and have you placed your trust in Him? If you have, not only will it transform your Christmas, it will transform the rest of life.

Have a good week with God,

Pastor Barry

21 December 2008

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