I love Christmas, the season, the build up but I have noticed that it has grown into this picture perfect time of year.
Its not limited to commercialism either, the nativity story has become this lovely story of cute baby Jesus being born, the famous carol Away in a Manger says “Little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.” Really?
Jesus was born into a world full of hurt, pain and brokenness. He was born not in a palace but a grimy stable, not to wealthy perfect parents, but to a teenage mum! It was gritty and real.
Christmas is not a time to pretend that everything is okay but a time to be reminded of our saviour, our need for heavens intervention, Jesus the Son of God entering the brokenness of this world because he loves us.
On the cross Jesus takes our sin, our brokenness and restores, through faith in Jesus life is eternally transformed.
The Christmas story, is the story of God’s rescue, of Gods light shining brightly into the darkness.
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9.