Saturday, 19 December 2015

Hope is on the way 16: Do not call me baby?

Today there was no book club as everyone is going to town to watch Star wars, well that is only Rebekah, Lydia, Lawrence even though he has not watched Star wars, Elizabeth and not forgetting Emily. How can people not watch Star wars, you are missing a lot?

Therefore Elizabeth sent this email to everyone,

Your view of Jesus will shape your response to Jesus.

If Jesus is just your homeboy (check the t-shirt); then you’ll treat him like you treat any other buddy or mate.

If you view Jesus as a Cyborg Pirate Ninja (check this); then you’ll probably live in constant fear that he is going to sneak up on you and break your neck!

If you “like the Christmas Jesus best” (check this vid); then you’ll keep him wrapped up as a cute little baby in a manger, packed away with the Christmas decorations for the rest of the year.

Here’s the deal. Just like you and me, Jesus was once just a little baby. He cried. He crawled. He crapped. His birthday party, Christmas, is coming up soon. Two questions:
1. Why do we celebrate the birth of a baby from 2000 years ago?

2. What will cause you to think about Jesus more than just at Christmas?

Your view of Jesus will shape your response to Jesus. If Jesus was just a baby and nothing more, it would be okay to pack him away with all the decorations after Christmas is over. But he’s more than just a baby, in fact he came to save people from their sins. More than that, Jesus isn’t just a man, he is God!

Check this - “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23). This sentence reveals even more to us about the identity of Jesus. He is God with us. When you meet Jesus you are actually meeting God, the creator of the universe!!

This is good news. Incredible news. God has come near. God knows our need. God has done something about it. God has become one of us, so that he can save people from their sins. When you view Jesus like this, you can’t keep treating him as a cute and cuddly Christmas Jesus. Jesus is the SAVIOUR of the World; he came to save people like you.

Jesus is GOD WITH US; our need for a Saviour was so great that only God could come and be that Saviour.

Stop thinking of Jesus as a baby! My hope for you this Christmas is that you’d see the real Jesus. A good place to start would be to read one of Jesus’ biographies.Start here.

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