Monday, December 28, 2009

Hebrews 1: 1-4

The author of the Letter to the Hebrews, writing to Jewish Christians who were facing tough times, reminds them at the start that God has spoken to his people in various ways and at various times.

God spoke through his prophets, through angels, through circumstances and through miraculous events.

But now, with the birth of Jesus Christ, God has spoken to us through His Son.

That first Christmas God spoke to various people - an expectant Mum, an anxious father, lowly shepherds and learned magi.

Christmas is a time when we may hear from people we’ve forgotten about. Their Christmas card, or the annual letter, will bring us up to date with their news, but sometimes the busyness of preparing for Christmas means that we haven't properly read them.

We haven't taken in what someone else was saying to us.

Christmas is a time of knowing that God has spoken. We have the heart of His message in His Son Jesus Christ. But have we taken the time to hear all that God has to say to us?

God has spoken. We need to listen.

5 comments:

  1. Listening is one thing, obeying is quite another!

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  2. I know sermons, however short, aren't normally interactive, but why were the shepherds despised? Christian tradition has always had a soft spot for them, it seems to me.

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  3. Funny, as I posted that, I wondered why I'd used the word despised. I think it was to do with lower class, not at the centre of things.

    I'm going to change it to 'lowly'.

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  4. Thanks. That makes perfect sense.

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Keep it clean, folks.