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Minister's Monthly Letter - January

Unto them that look for Him shall He appear

Dear friends,

On a recent visit to Spain we went to see where the film ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ was filmed. The stage ‘set’ with all its buildings etc. was still there and many tourists still visit the location which has now become very ‘commercialised’. Whilst we were there a ‘western’ story was re-enacted that had a rather gruesome ending, a story definitely not for the faint hearted, but on the bright side, the bar was still open, spittoon and all!

As I looked through our photographs I was surprised that the film was filmed in Spain and that the ‘set’ is still there to this day, after all the film was made in the early 60’s! I know that the ‘spaghetti westerns’ were popular but I did not realise that they had such a large following of people who still keep the films memory alive today!

Soon we will be keeping our ‘story’ the story of the birth of Christ alive as we celebrate Christmas again this year. We will go back and re-visit the stable in Bethlehem and perhaps try to remember the humble circumstances that surrounded the birth of Jesus.

Max Lucado paints this picture: The stable stinks, the ground is hard, the hay scarce. Cobwebs cling to the ceiling and a mouse scurries across the floor. Mary looks into the face of her son. Her Lord. His Majesty. At this point the human being who best understands who God is and what He is doing, is a teenage girl in a smelly stable. She remembers the angel’s words, ‘His Kingdom will never end.’ Majesty in the midst of the mundane. Holiness in the filth of manure and sweat. Divinity entering the world on the floor of a stable.

This baby had once overlooked the universe. His robes of eternity were exchanged for the rags keeping Him warm. His golden throne room abandoned in favour of a dirty sheep pen. Worshipping angels replaced with shepherds. Meanwhile the city hummed; unaware that God had visited their planet. The innkeeper would never believe he had just sent God into the cold. And people would scoff at anyone who told them the Messiah lay in the arms of a teenager on the outskirts of their village. They were all too busy to consider the possibility.

But those who missed His Majesty’s arrival that night missed it not because of evil acts or malice. No, they missed it because they were not looking for Him. Little has changed in the last 2,000 years, has it? The Bible says, ‘...unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.’ (Hebrews 9 verse 28).

I pray as we celebrate this Christmas that we will not be too busy to look for Jesus, to remember his coming to this planet not just to be born in a stable but to die a criminal’s death because of His love for you and me.

I pray that you will have a blessed Christmas and New Year.

Love in Christ

Jon and Anne