Monday, 30 November 2015

Hope is on the way 2: Why do we need Christmas?

It was a cold morning, the three young adults came into the chapel and what a surprise they had the Pastor of Sandhurst Baptist Chapel was taking part of their journey of finding out the true meaning of Christmas.  How dare he come to the book club? He is not a young adult nor a girl. That’s what you and I might be thinking but three young adults made Pete very welcoming by giving him black coffee and of course carrot cake. 

Rebekah and Tia was discussing what are they are going to explore today with Elizabeth while there were walking to the chapel. They were thinking about all different things of why we celebrate Christmas like Father Christmas and the naivety play. 

Elizabeth had started with an icebreaker with a question “Why do we need Christmas?”

Tia answered “To get Christmas present?"

Rebekah said quietly “Do celebrate Jesus birth?”

Elizabeth then went on saying both of you are correct. “Pete you haven’t answered that question. It wasn’t a rhetorical question.” 

Pete went on saying “Sure the presents and songs are great, but have we forgotten the real exciting news?” 

Elizabeth stated “hmm maybe I don’t know how to answer the question, may you help, Pete to answer this question?”

Sounding so happy that Pete can help out. “Remember the Christmas carol joy to the world. Let’s sing the first verse?”

Joy to the world, the Savoir reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,

Rebekah said to Pete “But why do we need saving?” 

Elizabeth gets a bit carried away of the song and sang the whole song. Soon after that she said “I love singing Christmas carols especially when singing about the birth of a saviour. But hold on, why do I need saving? There is all this talk of Jesus coming to rescues us but rescue from what?”

Pete answered Rebekah and Elizabeth question, by saying “sin!”

“The Bible tell us that we fall far short of God’s perfect standard of living. We read that we all try to ruin life our own way and in doing so reject God. A letter to the church in Rome makes it very clear.”
All four of them looked in the bible in Romans they read Romans 3: 10-12 which read the following. 
There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away. 

They also read Romans 3:23, which read the following.

 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Tia asked Pete, “But how does that link that to Christmas?”

Pete tells Elizabeth to explain, otherwise Pete would use evil word; you know long words that just make no sense. 

Elizabeth goes on saying, “This rejection of God is known as sin which creates a barrier between God and us. This is where Jesus comes in.” 

Rebekah was looking eager to carry on what Elizabeth was saying. Rebekah carried on “Jesus came on earth on the ‘first Christmas’ as a human. He was fully God and fully man. Then he grew up living a perfect life of obedience to God.”

Tia, Elizabeth and Pete interrupted Rebekah saying “That we all fail to do”

They are certainly right. Aren’t they?

Rebekah carried on where she was. “Then he died on the cross, taking on all our sin and the sins of the world. He died and was buried. Then he rose from the dead and offers forgiveness from sin and eternal life with God, a renewal of our relationship with God.”

Tia said “Too often we can be comfortable in our little world. We compare ourselves to murderers and thieves and think we are good people!”

Elizabeth carried on from what Tia was saying “But you and I still reject God in thought word and deed, putting idols before God, living for our own selfish ambition rather than the glory of God.

Pete carried on saying “So this Christmas, sing about our saviour with repentance and joy. Knowing that you have sinned but thankful that God sent Jesus to forgive you save you! Shall we end this book club with a first verse from God rest ye merry, gentlemen?”

Tia, Rebekah and Elizabeth said, “What a good idea!” 

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay

Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day

To save us all from Satan's power

When we were gone astray
Tidings of comfort and joy,

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