Have yourself a Merry Christmas

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And so we come to the day when the world opens its presents – and we do the same, but we celebrate the greatest present ever – the gift of ever-lasting life. Paul is right, our minds cannot encompass what it means, or what it will be like, but we can know what it is to be covered by the blood of the Lamb and to know that our sins are forgiven, and that our souls are being healed; that’s what Christmas means for us all – it’s just that only some of us ‘get it’.

We’ll alll wish dear Neo ‘Happy Christmas’, back with family in the east, and I hope you will all bear with me as I ‘mind the shop’.

The most (in the proper meaning of the word) awesome aspect of what we celebrate today is that the eternal Word, who was with God from the beginning, who created the world, came into it in human form, assuming our flesh and healing it. We say these things so easily, but how marvellous that the Lord of all things should have condescended to be one of us, to share our fate, to live among us, as one of us. It isn’t surprising that early heresies centred around trying to explain that away, because the ancient world was used enough to gods who took on human form, but it was just that – an act, an appearance, a guise for some purpose (often amorous) which was later dropped. The notion of God as one of us (cue the song) – note that contra the song there is no ‘if’ – he was one of us – was and remains revolutionary. At a stroke, in the twinkling of an eye, we poor sinners are rich beyond our deserts – all that was ruined, all that was broken is made whole.

That is why Christians celebrate this day. It is the day God’s love was incarnate, and the Apostles saw Him, they touched Him, they lived with Him – the Word made flesh dwelt with men and though the world saw Him not, enough did that two thousand yaears on, we celebrate it. This is something we can share with Jesus.

The Lord’s first miracle was at a celebration – a wedding – and it was something which helped the celebration along – good wine at that stage of the proceedings must have been greatly welcomed – and there might have been a few sore heads in the morning. If anyone here has been to a Jewish wedding, you’ll know how joyous it can be, and how the dancing and the eating fuse together into a celebration of life itself. That’s a reminder to us all that the new life we have in Christ is a cause for huge celebration. It is good to go to Church and to give thanks to God for all our blessings – and then to go home and be with some of them – our family and friends.

A very holy and happy Christmas from us here at Neo’s place!

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About JessicaHof
Anglican Christian, evangelist, survivor, grateful

7 Responses to Have yourself a Merry Christmas

  1. Indeed the miracle of the Incarnation, of God becoming Man is one of the most profound (perhaps the MOST profound), but also one of the most denied today! Luke 2: 34 comes to mind here, as 1 Peter 2: 6-8… which are you, a believer or stumbler?

    “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.” (Psalm 118: 22-24)

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  2. NEO says:

    Happy Christmas, Dearest Friend 🙂 xxx

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    • JessicaHof says:

      And to you – glad you are enjoying the day 😄 xx

      On Friday, 25 December 2015, nebraskaenergyobserver wrote:

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      • NEO says:

        🙂 xx

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  3. Merry Christmas, Jessica. God bless.

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  4. the unit says:

    I guess the day is past in UK now. Daughter left her Yokiepoo with me while she went with wife to be with Grandma. All our bedrooms together and it yipped all night , missing her mommie. So I slept on a couch on the other end of house. If you had been here you could have seen the unit shaking hands with Santa Claus, we shared milk and cookies…no kissie though. 🙂

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    • JessicaHof says:

      That sounds as though it was a true act of Christmas charity 🙂 xx

      Liked by 1 person

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