He came to His own… (Carol Service 2017)

 
Rev. Dave Middlebrook

17th December, 2017 ()

Bible Text: Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-5,9-14 |

"He came to His own ...." 
Amidst the tea towels, school nativities, and 'curiouser and curiouser' nature of the familiar Christmas story, that actually finishes with a man rising from the dead, we sometimes forget it involves real people, with real emotions, set in real historical time. Luke, the scientist, says he has 'carefully investigated everything (about Jesus)' and is writing an 'orderly account ... so that you may know the certainty aim of these things'.
In the Christmas story God invited Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, the wise men and more, to come on a journey of exploration with Him. They had a choice, they could have said no, but they took a risk, despite personal cost, and started the journey. We have a choice as well, to take a risk, to go on the journey, to discover who this Christ-child really is, or to say 'no'.
John's gospel says that "God has become flesh and made his dwelling among us", he's 'moved into our neighbourhood'. We can get to know him, or not, the choice is ours. To those who choose yes, to those 'who believed' he was who he claimed to be 'He gave the right to become children of God'. Historical fact, or a fairy story, the choice is yours!
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