‘FEAR NOT, FOR I BRING YOU GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY’.
Seasonal greetings to you from the congregation here at Elim Christian
Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. The above statement was spoken by the
Angel to the frightened shepherds as they witnessed the dramatic scenes
surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. These humble shepherds witnessed
the unfolding of this great act of love as Father God sent His Son the
Lord Jesus Christ, to be the Saviour of the world. The birth of Jesus in
that lowly Bethlehem manger was indeed an event that brought good news to
a broken and confused world. This baby, Jesus Christ God’s Son, would be
the One who provide a way by which sinful man could be reconciled to God
We celebrate Christmas this year against a backdrop of great fear and
uncertainty. Here in the U.K., we are still coming to terms with all of
the implications of ‘BREXIT’. It remains to be seen how this affects our
future relationship with our European partners and the wider global
community of nations. The election of Donald Trump as President Elect of
America has sent shock waves around the world with political leaders
seeking to establish links with the new administration.
The Christ of the Bethlehem manger, the Christ of Christmas, came to be
the One who would redeem mankind from the fear of sin and death. He came
to be ‘The Prince of Peace’ for all who call upon Him in repentance and
faith. The Apostle Paul, in describing the birth of Jesus Christ, penned
the following words:-
‘THANKS BE UNTO GOD FOR HIS INDESCRIBABLE GIFT’.
We will exchange gifts this festive season, but the greatest gift any one
of us can receive is the peace and security that only Jesus can give as we
embrace Him as Saviour and Lord.