It’s an astounding thought. Yet that’s the truth that the Bible declares:
God the Infinite becomes God the Personal.
Throughout history, the knowledge of God’s presence has brought comfort for many:
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
Yet Christmas reminds us of God’s greatest interaction with mankind,
when the Almighty took on humanity:
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,
full of grace and truth. John 1:14
This miraculous act was foretold 700 years before the event:
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign;
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
and fulfilled nearly 2000 years ago with the humble birth of a child.
So all this was done that it might be fulfilled
which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son,
and they shall call His name Immanuel,”
which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:22-23
But why did God step into His creation?
The name by which He was known on earth provides the key:
And she will bring forth a Son,
and you shall call His name Jesus,
for He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
God came on a rescue mission, to save you.
Leaving the glory of Heaven,
from a child to a man, He lived a perfect human life,
demonstrated His power through miracles,
declaring the truth about Himself and eternal life,
then gave His life in your place. Why?
because when it comes to eternity, you are unable to save yourself
For when we were yet without strength,
in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6
Proving He is God,
Jesus rose from the grave
and is alive today
ready to receive you into Heaven.
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins,
the just for the unjust,
that he might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh,
but quickened [made alive] by the Spirit
1 Peter 3:18
You need only to respond to His offer to rescue you:
For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believeth in Him should not perish
but have everlasting life. John 3:16
That’s the Good News of Great Joy declared by the angels to the shepherds
and the vital truth behind the tradition of Christmas
And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
Come and join us in celebrating ‘Immanuel’ this Christmas
Christmas Celebration Service: Sunday 18th December 10:30am
Christmas Day Service: Sunday 25th December 9:30am
All are welcome, regardless of faith or background.
Listen to one of our recent messages or contact us if you would like to find out more.