Happy Christmas

Today is simply a day of practical joy. The overwhelming joy I see radiating on the faces of every one of you. Despite the higgledy-piggledy (confused or jumbled or disorderly manner, helter-skelter) this year, we are here to see Christmas. The light of God, the light of hope, the light of love filter into our world. A child is born to you. Amazing!

A great mystery. So, this Christmas, perhaps for the first time in many Christmases, we are able to understand the deep joy and meaning of the coming of the Messiah, the coming of the Saviour, the coming of the one who will redeem us and bring us new hope and joy.

God becomes man, not as a warrior, not as a great leader, not as one who will blaze new trails in some new, distant world. He comes as a helpless infant, a sniffling, weeping little child, in need of love, in need of tenderness, in need of a mother and a father to keep him, and to be good to him, and to care for him. And you wonder. You look at the child and you say, “This is the Son of God!” Indeed, it is a great mystery. And we don’t know why he did it. But there are some basic understandings of why he would come this way. It is simply because he comes out of love. And only love does such things.

We must learn humility from Christ, who, though was rich, became poor for our sake. Yes, he was born in the lowliest place; the manger. The only thing he says is, “Love one another as I have loved you. Love not me, but love one another as I have loved you. And if you do that you will change the world.”

Be happy! Rejoice! Be glad! God’s love for us is beyond telling. But never forget that joy shared is joy extended and a candle only shows its true nature and its true value in darkness.