Most people know the Christmas story, but not the reason why we needed Jesus to come and live amongst us.
Col 1:15-18 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
He existed before anything else and is head of the church. He is first in everything.
Christmas is a time to remember life’s great story. That from the beginning of time, from the first breath God gave man, He has wanted to be in relationship with us. And when sin entered the world, so did death, disease, pain, hurt, and ultimately spiritual separation from God.
This is also a time when many of us find ourselves looking back over the year to remember what we’ve done, and also looking and planning ahead with hope for the coming year. It’s a good time to realign your perspective.
Every one of us has our own unique story. However all of us are limited by the length of time we are on this earth, how many people our lives affect, and many other things. Even people who have achieved massive influence and success face many of the same limitations and challenges we all face.
Our lives are ‘little stories’. But in all our activity, let’s not get so caught up in our own ‘little story’ that we forget about the ‘great story’ that makes all our small stories make sense. It can be very easy to get distracted into constantly focussing on fragments and subplots. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and refocus on the big story – the Gospel story.
This Christmas, let’s all find some ‘God’ time – time to run a ‘perspective check’ and recalibrate our lives to line up more closely with ‘The Great Story’.