Thought for the month

Thought from Sainthill - December 2019/January 2020

“Is this life or a suspension of life?” The question came from a friend who had ‘suspended’ work and ‘normal’ life to care for an elderly relative. We concluded that for him, for the moment, it was life, it was vocation, call, commitment, love; -and therefore in many ways more fully ‘life’ than the ‘normal workaday’. He did not consider career something to be grasped, but took on the nature of a servant.

Christians believe that a few years BC, somewhere round Bethlehem, God’s Son stepped into human life for just over thirty years. In all the billions of years in which God had expressed his creative love in the world, and within the millions of years of human lives in whom he placed his image, for just the period of Jesus’ life, time and eternity touched. It was a key time of Roman infrastructure and Greek thought, and a key location at the Middle East crossroads of the world. So, “At just the right time God sent his Son” (Galatians 4:4).  

The New Testament tells us that Jesus Christ “did not consider his place with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the nature of a servant” (Philippians 2:6-7); he “…became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). That is ‘Christ-mas’.

For him, was that life or a suspension of life?Christians believe it was “life in all its fullness” that Jesus came to live, -and give (John 10:10).

With my good wishes and prayers for a Happy Christmas and a blessed and fulfilling New Year.  

David   (Minister, Sainthill Baptist Church. Telephone, 260071)