‘From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, “Save me! You are my god!”’ Isaiah 44.17
Some of the selected Bible passages over the next few days may not seem particularly 'Christmassy', but they may encourage us to glimpse a little more of the significance of the events that we have just been celebrating.
It is often said that people are very quick to create their own gods, and often these are a projection of something inside those who do the creating. A desire to create a new god may well be due to the fact that no time and effort has been spent in exploring the wonder of Jesus.
Surely it is impossible for anyone to actually invent a God who is perfectly reflected by Jesus? This is a God who is the creator of all; his power and holiness only matched by his love and passion for those he has created. What’s more, he gave his Son - Jesus - to take upon himself all the sin of the world so that there is now nothing separating us from the God who loves us.
As you spend some time today pondering the image of the baby in a manger, reflect upon the sheer grace of God that this picture reveals. This is your God who has chosen to give himself in order that you might be free.
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