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By Marylin Kilsby
This Reflection is based on the well-known Bible passage, read out in so many churches over the Christmas period. It’s found in Luke chapter 1, verses 26 to 37.
How would you have felt if an angel came to your home and gave you a message from God? Might you not be a little fearful initially? Mary certainly was and not surprisingly. No wonder one of the first things that the angel Gabriel said to Mary was “Do not be afraid, Mary”.
Gabriel called her by name, as God always communicates to us as individuals. He knows us intimately and speaks to us as to no other person. We will hear him in our spirit however deaf we may be There’s not room to consider the whole of Gabriel’s message so here’s a part of it, verses 30 to 33, quoted from the English Standard Version Anglicised Bible: “And the angel said to her “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of His kingdom there will be no end”.
We can learn much about Jesus from this short passage. The name Jesus means “Yahweh is salvation”, so even His name tells us that He is our Saviour. In the Old Testament, the Most High was God Himself, so Jesus is His Son, God the Son, and His Father is our Father. Finally, from the end of this part of Gabriel’s message, we can see Jesus’ kingdom will last forever.
Jesus, the Son of God, has already come to this world as the baby born in Bethlehem. His kingship was only known at that time to those who believed in Him and gave their lives to Him. However, after Jesus was crucified, He rose again and returned, alive, to Heaven, where He is now with His Father, God Most High, the Almighty. One day, Jesus will come back to this world for a second time and His kingdom will never end.
Joy to the world! The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing.
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Beyond Fear to Exhiliarating Trust
Sticks and Stones
Beauty in the Chaos
God and Creation
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A friend who stands where we stand, and weeps with us
Remain in Me
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