Rector's Monthly Letter December 2018

Dear Friends

‘The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth’ John 1:14

I must admit that the Christmas story is barely believable. God becoming human; born in a stable to a virgin, all foretold by angels and stars seems far-fetched, yet I have no doubt that it is true. The Bible points to witnesses. Shepherds and wise men with no political or religious agenda found the infant Jesus and on doing so, worshipped him. The New Testament is full of other people, including John (the writer of the words above) who met Jesus of Nazareth and came away certain that they had encountered God in the flesh. Christians continue to find Jesus, not in the flesh but through His Spirit communing with ours. We also come away convinced that we have met with God.

I have spoken with many who want to believe the story yet find it hard to do so. My advice is not to seek intellectual proof but to do what the shepherds and wise men did. When confronted by angels and stars they started a journey; one that would take them to Jesus. To find Jesus we also need to take steps to look for him.

The significance of Christmas is huge. In Jesus, God and humanity are reunited. The break-down of relationship between people and God, graphically illustrated in the Genesis story of Adam and Eve is reversed in Jesus. ‘Peace and goodwill to all men’ is the line the angels use. Christmas in our time can mean many things but I pray that through the course of this Advent and Christmas, those of you who desire to find Jesus will in some way manage to do so.