Reflections: Rev Mark Pexton

Rev Mark Pexton Leven Baptist Church
Rev Mark Pexton Leven Baptist Church

WE are now getting into the full swing of the frantic activity required in order to prepare for Christmas!

Cards to be written; presents to be bought; organising the day itself; food to be bought and prepared; family to be invited.

It can be hectic – and come December 26, we just want to collapse – glad that we have managed to get through it again. Then we don’t need to think about it again for another 12 months.

But wait a minute! Before we get consumed by all the busyness around Christmas, I invite you to take a minute, stop and think.

Take a minute to think about God. Concentrate on God in your mind. Use your imagination… reflect on God’s characteristics – righteousness, holiness, justice, love, mercy, patience, forgiveness.

Reflect on how great and majestic and marvellous is God. Even as you reflect on His greatness… now think, how much more God is than all you have just imagined.

Expand your conceptions beyond space, beyond our universe. Outside of time. Unlimited power. We can’t even begin to imagine it.

And now take all that, that you are imagining – and cram it into a newborn infant!

That is the wonder of Christmas! God becomes man. The eternal, unchanging, all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-present God of the universe – born as a human child like each one of us.

The wonder of it is, why He did it.

He did it to show you what God is like.

He did it to show you God.

He came as a child, in order to enable you to become a child of God.

Such is his love.

God loves you enough to humble himself in this way, in order to make it possible for you to enjoy his company.

He will humble himself in order to bless you. That is incomprehensible – but that is what the coming of Christ is all about.

‘He made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness’ (Philippians 2:7).

He did it for you and me!

That is the wonder of Christmas! In all the frantic busyness of the next few days, do take a minute to stop and reflect on the wonder of it.

Have a wonderful Christmas.