We’ve had some delightful celebrations of Christmas – the children’s nativity presentation and carol service on Sunday, and the Christmas service this morning, then family gathering for a delicious lunch. One thing that really struck me afresh was the angel who told the shepherds not to be afraid – because it was the best news ever. God had come down as a baby – Immanuel – God with us. Then I read Genesis 26 v 24 – 25. God told Isaac, “Do not be afraid for I am with you.” It’s the same message. Life changes when God shows up, and we do not need to be afraid.
God promised Isaac an increase in the number of his descendants; and when Jesus came, suddenly there was an increase in the children of God – family without limits! It was open to all of us because God wants to adopt people from any nationality. God has an open-house policy – being his child depends on faith, not lineage.
What did Isaac do about it? He built an altar and worshipped. Let’s not forget to do that in the midst of the festivities. And where he built the altar, there he pitched his tent. It strikes me that we so often have our ‘church’ life and our ‘home’ life, but our way of living should be part of our worship, and ‘Immanuel’ should be resident in our homes just as much as in our church.
Then Isaac dug a well. He wanted fresh water! So let’s get digging into God and into his word. Who knows what living waters may spring up in 2013!
A very happy Christmas to you all!