Glory to the newborn King

Week beginning: 17th December, 2017 | By Ian Miller | Amersham

"While they were there [Bethlehem], the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them."

Luke 2:6-7 (NIV)

What are the big events in your life which determine who you are and the way you live? Getting a place to study law? A training contract or pupillage? Qualifying or being taken on? Perhaps it is the hope of a future event: partnership, taking silk or an appointment by the Lord Chancellor?

In 731 the Anglo-Saxon scholar Bede dated all events in his Ecclesiastical History to Jesus' date of birth and the BC/AD system we still use today became dominant in the western world. Every time you or I date anything in our lives, we date it relative to the birth of Jesus.

This was the moment to which the whole of the Old Testament looked forward: God the Son leaving his place in glory to be conceived and born into poverty, living a sinless life, paying the price for our sin on the cross, rising from the dead and ascending to sit at the right hand of God. Are these the events that determine the way we live? Is the prospect of Jesus' return the future event which governs our lives? May we find time this Christmas to ponder afresh its implications.

Prayer Points:

1.  That God will help us grasp the full implications of Jesus' birth for our lives.

2.  That we will find time this Christmas to think through and delight in what he has done.

3. For those who do not yet have the joy of knowing Jesus as Lord and Saviour.