Pastor’s Blog December 2015

Phil 2:5-7, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who being in very nature God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
The awesome wonder of Christmas is found in these verses. Two years ago just after our granddaughter had been born I used her to illustrate my Christmas Talk by holding her in my arms and simply saying, “God became one of these.” There she was tiny, helpless, and totally dependent on her parents. The wonder of the Christmas story is not so much that God became a man but that God became a baby. Have you ever thought through what that says about God?
Christ Jesus left the security of heaven for the vulnerability of a virgin’s womb. Christmas is the story of awesome, unsearchable love. There is no finite mind that can grasp the glory of what he left behind or the squalor of what he came too. He made this incredible journey, bridged this unbridgeable gap because of his burning passionate love for the human race. Whatever is going on in our lives, however unloved we may feel God in Jesus has demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that he loves us whatever our circumstances.
This act of God becoming human is called the incarnation. It is mind blowing but the bible doesn’t really try to explain the how God did this but rather Paul in Phil. 2 tells us that we are to follow the example of the incarnation in the way we live our lives and in particular the way we are to relate to one another. We are to do nothing out of selfish ambition, we are to consider others better than ourselves, and we should look not only to our own interests but also to the interests of others. (V3-4)
So let us in the build up to Christmas, reflect on the wonder of the incarnation, revel in the love with which we are loved and treat others as Christ has treated us.

Phil Dixon