Christmas is coming. We organise our holidays and arrange our gifts. Many put up trees and sing sentimental carols. But what does it all mean?
Then and now, people wanted to shake the world up. They saw no end to the corruption and lies from those with power. They wanted something different. They wanted to win. No doubt many said to each other, let’s make Israel great – again! Religious folks were at the forefront. John the Baptist was the loudest, ‘the axe is at the tree’ he said (Matt 3.10). Who better to put the world right than someone big, brash and bold enough to give all their enemies a real whooping?
Yet the king that arrived was not who they expected – or wanted (Isaiah 11.1-10). Rather than money and armies, this king was powered by God’s Spirit. Righteousness and faithfulness is what he wore. And his game? Not war. Not wealth. Not intolerance and exclusion. This king brought reconciliation.
So come along to Basement this Sunday from 10am to discover this surprising king who overcomes the world by turning enemies into friends. Perhaps this is the Christ who needs to be put back into Christmas.