Beginning his sermon, Pastor Phyl asked us what we think about when we think of Christmas. Do we think of the presents, or the food, or the family gatherings, fun and games?
The thing is that the real meaning of Christmas lies in the story of a baby, born in a stable in Bethlehem. Speaking of this, Phyl questioned us,
“How messy do you think the real nativity was?” We can dress up the manger, and add tinsel and glitter to it in our minds, but in reality, the stable would have been messy, and smelly, and in the middle of nowhere. In reality, God chose one of the most low down, and humble beginnings for His Son, and our Saviour.
The title of Pastor Phyl’s sermon is “Hello World.” This phrase began life in the 90’s, with computer programmer, Bjarne Stroustrup. Since then, it has in more recent years been adopted by new parents, as a means of introducing their baby on social media, and now, there are even clothing lines and merchandise, which all adopt this saying.
However, Pastor Phyl said that he wanted to give us a new meaning to the phrase; a meaning that goes right back to a tiny baby, born in a stable and placed in a manger. This is the most important “Hello World” that we can ever have.
John 1:14, talks of the Word, who puts on flesh. Here, he is talking about how God came to earth as a baby. God chose one of the most fragile forms to come to earth in, and He had a reason for that.
Sometimes, in tough times, we wonder if God knows what we’re going through, but the truth is that He sent Jesus. He knows! He knows exactly what it’s like to be in our shoes, because He, too has lived a life, just as we have. He knows exactly what it’s like to be us, and He knows how we feel.
Jesus stood up for those that couldn’t stand up for themselves. He was compassionate to sinners; to the sick, and to the broken. He knows and understands our situations, and He cares for us, and now, He is sat up on high, beside God, championing our cause.
Every day, He is shouting out “Hello World!”, and He is yearning for each and every one of us to reach out and say “Hello” back. He sees us as His creation and wants a relationship with us.
In closing, Pastor Phyl asked us what our Christmas would be like. When we think upon Christmas, what do we think? Will we use this Christmas to thank Him for coming to earth for us?
Scriptures: John 1:14