So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun

The words above are from 1971 song by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. No doubt many of you are familiar with the well known song. Written as part of a campaign against the Vietnam war Lennon commented, “Happy Xmas Yoko and I wrote together. It says, ‘War is over if you want it.’ It was still that same message – the idea that we’re just as responsible as the man who pushes the button. As long as people imagine that somebody’s doing it to them, and that they have no control, then they have no control”. Lennon was passionate about world peace and love of humanity. Although his sentiment was in many ways admirable his hope was ill founded. The perfection and restoration of humanity advocated by Lennon relied on some inherent good in people. Although Christmas is simply the marker in the song for the year ending and another one beginning, the question asked is challenging.

From a Christian biblical perspective, Christmas is more than just the end of the year. Christmas is when we celebrate Jesus birth; remember God’s promise of a Saviour being fulfilled and the proclamation of peace on earth and joy to all people. In Jesus, we have hope that is sure and true which will last for all eternity and is solely dependent on God’s unfailing love, grace and mercy.

Isaiah 9:6-7

For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the
Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!

So, another year is almost over and what have we done is a good question to ask. What have you done to grow closer to God? What have you done to encourage and build others up in the faith? What have you done to proclaim God’s goodness?

Christmas demands a response.  How will you respond to the message of Christmas not just at Christmas, but in the years that lie ahead?

Pastor Stewart.