A message for our time – Vicar’s weekly thought for 9th Dec

A message for our time

At Christmas we say we proclaim a message of joy, of peace, of gladness, of celebration – a true feast. Glory be to God on High! But do we believe it? Have we truly received it? As well as the tree and presents, our hearts may need a bit of getting ready (probably quite a lot actually!). We recall John the Baptist today, who perhaps wasn’t the easiest person to be around! But who as a prophet paved the way for this amazing message, this amazing person – Jesus! An Old Testament scholar in our day wrote, ‘A prophet is someone who knows what time it is’1. I love that. What time is it here, in 21st Century Britain, in Oldfield Park? Perhaps more than ever we need to hear and receive the message of Jesus Christ for ourselves, and for our world. And not just the message – but the person himself, who is alive and comes to us by His Holy Spirit. The Scriptures tell us that through his birth, life, cross and resurrection He opened heaven up to us – and heaven come among us to touch us here on earth. It is transformational, changes our lives and hearts, if we will truly and deeply receive it. This is not just one philosophy or world view among others – this is the message of truth and love from the Most High God himself, who loves us indeed. And, those who have experienced it, will begin to know how, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.”2

 1 John Goldingay  21 Corinthians 2.9