The reason for the season
Published on: 28 Oct 2016
Like many of our long held celebrations now in the UK, this month we may attend a bonfire and firework display without actually giving any thought to why we do so. We might have some remembrance of things taught us at school and pull out the facts during a quiz, but generally the enjoyment of the event has replaced the reason for the event.
November the 5th was actually designated by an Act of Parliament as a day of thanksgiving for “the joyful day of deliverance”, remaining in force until 1859. The discovery of Guy Fawkes with his gunpowder barrels beneath Westminster Palace prevented the assassination of King James I and the destabling of the country. Important as this discovery may have been however, it pales into insignificance compared to what took place during the historic event behind our next celebration.
Around 2018 years ago a messenger from heaven appeared to a young virgin and told her she would conceive by the Holy Spirit and give birth to a child who would be called the Son of God. He would reign and his kingdom would never end. Her fiancé was also reassured by an angel and told, “give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this the angel said was in fulfilment of what God had promised long before about one who would also be referred to as ‘Immanuel - which means, “God with us.”’ Months later, an angel then appeared to terrified shepherds who said, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord.”
With the passing of time that “joyful day of deliverance” in 1605 has become less meaningful to us, yet we happily use the day to enjoy flames and fireworks. Maybe we ought to be more conscious and appreciative of the foiled plans back then, as well as the excellent prevention work of our security services today.
However, there is a far, far greater oversight happening when we enjoy Christmas but fail to acknowledge the reason for it, and importance of it. God became man. God came to us. God came to rescue, to save - eternally.
I hope you do enjoy the 5th November and 25th December but our prayer at Good News Church is that you realise the true reason for Christ-mas celebrations and receive through Jesus Christ the gift he came to make possible - the forgiveness of your sin and unity with God.
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