Christmas: Ordinary or Extraordinary?

Last week I kicked off a new series called Christmas: Ordinary or Extraordinary? If you missed the message, make sure to have a listen online... we can learn a lot from the role Joseph played in the coming of the Messiah!

I mentioned in my message last Sunday that it is so easy for us – even if we are long-term and faithful Christians who love God and read the Biblical accounts of Jesus' coming to earth – to lose sight of the extraordinary nature of Christmas.

We can easily get caught up in the ‘ordinary’ Christmas tasks: ticking off our endless to-do lists before the end of the year, purchasing gifts for all our family members and friends, and madly cleaning our houses in time for our Christmas celebrations.

We can - if we are not careful - rush through this whole season, missing out on the extraordinary story that God wants to captivate us with, in the lead up to Christmas.

Instead of allowing this season to be just another ordinary season, allow the Holy Spirit to captivate you with awe and wonder as you marvel at Jesus’ coming to earth. Maybe consider reading an advent devotional to help you in this pursuit like the one I shared in my last Elders' Reflection? Or perhaps you could check out and reflect on this interview with Tim Keller, where he reminds us that "Christmas is both more wondrous and more threatening than we imagine."

God longs to make this Christmas season truly extraordinary for you and I as we set aside time to reflect on, engage in and celebrate the coming of our Lord and Saviour.

Don't miss out on what God has for you this Christmas!


Ps Joel Hawting

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