From The Manse

 

 

Dear Friends

What is it that makes Christmas the wonderful celebration it is?

Some think it is about presents, or peace on earth or good will to all and it is. But it is also so much more! At the heart of Christmas is the news that God who is love, desires to be with us!

That is why Jesus came as a baby. His humble birth set in motion the unveiling of God’s love and care and His desire that we should have a living relationship with Him, a relationship that enriches our lives and gives them meaning and purpose.

On the first Sunday in Advent, Christian people throughout the World often sing ‘O come, O come, Emmanuel’. The text is based on the Biblical prophecy from Isaiah 7:14;

‘The Lord himself will give you a sign; The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel’.

The name Emmanuel literally means ‘God with us’. 

Jesus, in the course of his ministry, declared that ‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father’. (John 14:9) In other words, as we look at Jesus we see what God is like. Someone once said that Luke in his gospel ‘domesticated God’. He meant that Luke shows us God in Jesus taking a share in the most intimate and homely things. 

In an uncertain World such as ours has become with conflict, hunger and division, isn’t it good to lift our thoughts, to know that there is a better way in which to live and to be reassured that we are not alone. At the first Christmas God came to us and He is still with us to guide, to comfort and to bless.

I hope you have a good Christmas knowing that God is with you. And may His presence in the year to come inspire you and give you hope.

"Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel."

Your Friend and Minister,

Gary J McIntyre