Take time to grow with Him

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS - ~ Con­trib­uted by Rev Wayne Sheean of St Paul’s Angli­can Church, on be­half of the Com­bined Churches of De­niliquin.

It would seem that the world and so­ci­ety rush through th­ese early days of the New Year, with hot cross buns, the sym­bol of Good Fri­day, al­ready on su­per­mar­ket shelves.

The Church’s cal­en­dar also moves rather quickly from the birth of Je­sus at Christ­mas through the Epiphany/wor­ship of the Magi to the bap­tism of Je­sus in the river Jor­dan when He was around 30 years of age.

Pos­si­bly this is be­cause we know lit­tle of Je­sus’ life as a child apart from His pres­ence in the tem­ple on two oc­ca­sions.

We can as­sume that He grew as a nor­mal baby, lit­tle child, ado­les­cent and young man ex­pe­ri­enc­ing all that it was to be hu­man, as this was God’s pur­pose in the course of of­fer­ing us sal­va­tion.

God in Je­sus Christ lived as one of us so that we might share life fully with Him.

This of­fer­ing of Him­self, di­vine and hu­man, is re­flected in the procla­ma­tion of John the Bap­tist when he her­alds the com­ing of Je­sus to be­gin His min­istry of teach­ing and heal­ing, bring­ing a new way to live life in faith, hope and love.

Je­sus Christ, Son of God with­out any sin, ac­cepts bap­tism by John as a sign of His love and one­ness with all hu­man­ity, and God makes known the re­al­ness of His pres­ence in the world.

As we rush through th­ese early weeks of the new year, can we take time to con­sider all that God has and is do­ing for us and all hu­man­ity?

As we think about the gift of new life that came into the world at Beth­le­hem, think about the new life that is ever be­ing cre­ated in us, and around us, ev­ery new day and of the glo­ri­ous life that is to come. Je­sus took time to grow as one of us. Let us take time to grow with Him.

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