It’s easy to not recognise someone.
Perhaps one of the funniest cases was the great Charlie Chaplin. He came third in a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest. The judges obviously didn’t recognise him!
The one we must recognise rightly is Jesus, the Son of God.
When John the Baptist first saw him, he said: ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’ and after seeing the Spirit rest on him he said ‘I have seen and testify that this is God’s Chosen One.’ (John 1:29,34)
Andrew went and told his brother Peter: ‘We have found the Messiah.’ (John 1:41)
When Nathanael met him, he said: ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.’ (John 1:49)
The Gospel of John is written ‘that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.’ (John 20:31).
Let’s read his Gospel to come and see who Jesus really is, the One we can’t afford to mistake!
In His service, Tory.
The wonder of Christmas is ‘the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us’ (John 1:14). Reflecting on this in his advent devotions, Tim Chester (The One True Light: Daily Readings for Advent from the Gospel of John, The Good Book Company, 2015) writes:
‘What is God really like?
Look at Jesus. He is the perfect image of God. And in Jesus we see a God who has entered into the pain and confusion of human history to reconcile us to himself.
Christianity is not a call to embrace a system of thought or a religion or a moral code. It’s the invitation to embrace a person—or rather to be embraced by a person. It’s the invitation to look to Jesus and see in him the kindness, glory, beauty, power and holiness of God.
The Word became flesh. Wisdom became flesh. Love became flesh. Holiness became flesh. Justice became flesh. Truth became flesh. And his name is Jesus.’
In His service, Tory.
‘The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.’ John 1:9
Join us at church this Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour!
6:30pm Sunday 20 December, St Mark’s Rowena, 14 Shaw St. Followed by dinner at Rowena Inn, no cost.
CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN –
7.30pm Wednesday 23 December, Cryon Church, ‘Coorallie,’ Goangra Rd.
7pm Thursday 24 December, St John’s Collarenebri, 58 Wilson St.
9am Friday 25 December, St Peter’s Walgett, 21 Pitt St.
All welcome. Services are family friendly with fun for kids.
For more details contact Reverend Tory Cayzer: 6828 1590, 0407 466 459.
Jesus is the true light that gives light to everyone in the world (John 1:9). We meet that light in his Word, the Bible. It’s easy to get out of the habit of reading the Bible each day, but to do so means we miss out on God’s light. We are in the darkness.
An easy way to start Bible reading would be 10 minutes in John’s Gospel each morning before breakfast (‘no Bible, no brekkie!’). Read a chapter, or a subsection marked by a heading in your Bible.
After reading it, ask yourself these five questions:
1.What does this teach me about God?
2.What does this teach me about people?
3.What does it teach me about Jesus?
4.What does it tell me to do?
5.What ought I pray in response to this Word?
Let’s hear the Word, believe, and live (John 20:31)!
In Christ, Tory.
Words are powerful. With them we make promises, make people laugh, cry, and can even silence people. John’s Gospel introduces us to a powerful Word.
Jesus is the Word of God. It is through the Word that God communicates, and creates: ‘Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.’ (John 1:3) God spoke and everything came into existence. That Word God spoke was Jesus.
As we read John’s Gospel we will see God re-creating everything through Jesus. The Creator has come to walk in his creation. We will see him make water into wine, feed the hungry, heal the sick, walk on water, and bring the dead back to life.
In John’s Gospel these are not called ‘miracles,’ they are ‘signs.’ These signs point to the future of creation. The Word of God is re-creating the world.
As we approach Christmas, let’s be stunned and in awe of what happens when our Creator comes among us.
In Christ, Tory.