Keep Christ at the cen­tre of your Christ­mas

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Season's Greetings -

We read slo­gans like ‘‘Je­sus is the rea­son for the sea­son’’ and we ask our­selves, how the birth of a babe over 2000 years ago is re­spon­si­ble for all the shop­ping and all the stress that hap­pens at Christ­mas these days.

The an­swer: All that has got noth­ing to do with the birth of Je­sus.

Je­sus came to give us peace and joy not stress.

Je­sus didn’t come into be­ing when he was born in Beth­le­hem over 2000 years ago. He has al­ways ex­isted he is God the Son.

Be­cause of God’s great love for us Je­sus chose to leave all the glory, all the majesty, all the won­der of Heaven, to come to earth as a lit­tle Babe so that God could dwell amongst us and show us what He is re­ally like.

In the gospel of John Je­sus him­self tells us he came so that all who be­lieve in him can have eter­nal life.

He also says fur­ther on in this gospel that he came to give us life and life in abun­dance.

Christ­mas pro­vides a time to fo­cus on the birth of Je­sus and all that that means. He is the real rea­son for the sea­son.

To quote a well-used but still rel­e­vant say­ing: ‘‘Wise men sought Je­sus and wise peo­ple seek Him still.

Je­sus prom­ises ‘‘that all who seek him will find him ‘‘

Christ­mas is a time of re­joic­ing, a time of fun, a time of fam­ily com­ing to­gether, but in the midst of all this, let us not lose sight of why we are cel­e­brat­ing. The rea­son for the sea­son is the birth of Je­sus the Son of God .

I en­cour­age you this year to make the time to at­tend a church that cel­e­brates the birth of Je­sus and keep Christ in the cen­tre of your Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions. Merry Christ­mas. Jo­ce­lyn Stephens Feild­ing Chris­tian Lead­ers Net­work

Cel­e­brate the birth of Je­sus and keep Christ in the cen­tre of your Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions.

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