Christmas Day 25 December 2017

Vicar’s Reflection: Christmas Day, Monday 25th December 2017

It occurred to me once that if Jesus came from beyond our universe, and as the writer of Hebrews says, has come from God and is the one “through whom … he made the universe” then he must bring something the world lacked, otherwise there was no point in sending him. The writer of John’s gospel says: “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” There is the sense that in Jesus something true and good not already present was coming; or perhaps something once present but since lost and is restored in Jesus. Was it what Adam and Eve lost? Was it the way our natures were blighted by sin? Or was it something entirely new? I don’t have the answers, but I do recognize that in Jesus we have a message from our creator that enables us to be restored to a relationship of love with God and so also with each other. His message of forgiveness and reconciliation, of sacrificial love and servant leadership has transforming power. He has introduced a new dynamic of love into the world that has enormous power. Greek philosopher Archimedes once said: “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” As a Christian I believe Jesus is that lever and love is the fulcrum. May every heart this Christmas be a fulcrum for God.

Alex Czerwonka

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