Twelve days of Christmas 11

The Presbyterians chip in:

Presbyterian Church of Australia

Our youngest daughter has just had her first child.  Tiny.  Helpless.  Utterly dependent.  Profoundly loved.  They called him Sebastian, because they liked the name.


2000 years ago, another little one was born.  In Bethlehem.  They certainly didn’t have the facilities our daughter enjoyed.  Did they even have a midwife?


They called him Jesus.  They knew why too.  Not just because they liked the name.  His name means “The LORD God saves!”  They actually called him that.  Jesus.


They also knew their own Scriptures.  How a Messiah would come.  A Deliverer.  They knew that his other names were Wonderful.  Counsellor.  Almighty God.


And there he lay.  Being nurtured at his mother’s breast.  Jesus.  God!


The apostle Paul would later say of Him, “He is before all things.  All things were created by Him and for Him.  God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through Him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross!”


Amazing.  Then a tiny human being.  Jesus.  Now, exalted above all. 


If we are not amazed, frankly we’re not thinking!!


We’ve been asked to contribute to a CHRISTMAS MESSAGE and GREETING.


What’s best?  Merry Christmas?  Seasons Greetings?


I’d rather say, give Jesus the honour that is his due.  Thank Him for Who He is.  Worship Him.  Ask Him for all you need for life and godliness. 


THEN, you’ll have a HAPPY CHRISTMAS.


Robert Benn, Moderator General

Presbyterian Church of Australia