This is my final blog for 2020, and as I write, we are three days away from Christmas, the celebration of our God’s stepping into our world in the person of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. One of the most well recited prophecies pointing to Jesus, the Messiah, and His coming to save His people, is found in Isaiah 9:2-7. Isaiah announces the Messiah’s coming in this way: ‘the people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned… you have enlarged the nation and increased their joy… for to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders… He will be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…’
Jesus stepped into this world, at a time when the world was overwhelmed by the darkness of idolatry, godlessness, and lawlessness and where even His people, walked in the shadows of hopelessness and despair. The last prophecy about the coming Messiah, was more than 600 years earlier. Yet, at just the right time, God stepped into this world as Messiah, as Saviour, in the person of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ: ‘But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the full rights of sons…’ (Galatians 4:4). God kept His promise, His Word came to pass in the fullness of time: Jesus came to be ‘the light of men’ (John 1:4) and the Saviour of the world (Luke 2:11)
Fast forward two thousand years, to our world in 2020… a world very much in darkness (COVID-19 +++), and where we find, even believers, struggling to believe and to find hope. Many people are crying out for a Saviour. Most people (whether they recognize it or not) need a Saviour and need Someone to bring light and hope to our dark world. I believe Jesus is still the Saviour of the world, and He is still the Light of the world (John 6:35). As our God kept His Word two thousand years ago, He still keeps His Word today. The lyrics of the song, ‘Do it again’ (by Elevation Worship), say it so beautifully: ‘Your promise still stands; great is Your faithfulness… I know the night won’t last, Your Word will come to pass. My heart will sing your praise again.’ Jesus has come as Savior and Light, Jesus is come as Savior and Light, and Jesus will come to us again and again as Savior and as the Light of the world.
Just as two thousand years ago, His Word still stands, for us today: ‘where meek souls receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.’ (O Little Town of Bethlehem). Jesus is still the Saviour of the world at Christmas time 2020. Jesus is still the light of the world at Christmas time 2020. The hopes and fears of all the years are still met in Him in this Christmas. This is the promise of this Christmas and every Christmas: Jesus still saves, His light can still penetrate and consume any darkness.
Again, the lyrics of the song, ‘Do it again’, speak so powerfully, about what I believe is the message of Christmas this year: ‘Jesus, You’re still enough. Keep me within Your love… this is my confidence… You’ve never failed… Your promise still stands… I’ve see you move the mountains, and I believe I’ll see You do it again; You made a way, where was no way, and I believe I’ll see You do it again.’
Dear friends, don’t lose heart, this Christmas. Jesus still saves, He is still the Light of the world. Declare it aloud, over and over again. Believe afresh that this ‘night won’t last’ and that His Word again will come to pass.
A blessed Christ filled, and Christ inspired Christmas to you and your families.
Bless you all,