Rev Andy March: “There’s so much mess and pain in this world”

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Digital Editor’s Note: I’m pleased to welcome Rev Andy March as our Guest Writer. Today’s post is a short extract from Andy’s new book Wonder: And Advent and Christmas Collection – Halwill Publishing

Rev Andy March writes: What an amazing night it must have been 2,000 years ago, especially for those shepherds who were serenaded by those angels and told the most incredible news; today, in Bethlehem, a Saviour has been born for you, and you will find him, in all places, in a manger. The angels chose shepherds to be the recipients of this good news, even though they weren’t very important, in fact, because they weren’t very important. You see, the wonderful news of Christmas is that we all matter to God. Each of us. We are so important to God. This good news of great joy is for you and me too, God became human, giving the world the greatest possible gift of a Saviour, this is good news for everyone, because we all need a Saviour.

There’s so much mess and pain in this world that we don’t know what to do about. The good news is that God saw that the world was in a mess; he saw how we hurt ourselves and each other and that we get so much wrong so often and that there was nothing we could do about it. So He stepped in, became human to do nothing less than save the world. This makes all the difference to us, because we can see that we are deeply loved. God loved us enough to come and save us. That’s the first thing.

The second is that we are never alone, Jesus came to be God with us. Incredibly he gives us the chance to become his children, all those who receive him become children of God, which means we join a worldwide family, the church, we’re just a tiny part of that. The third is that we can have peace. If Jesus is our saviour then all the mess we experience in our lives, all our worries, we can hand over to him.

Main Photo Credit: Jaka Skrlep via Unsplash

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