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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

2 December 2015: Robin Ive, United Reformed Church, Petersfield

Why Christmas?

Can we for a moment put ourselves into the thoughts of our Creator? He has a plan for all of us not only in this present life, but also for life after death in a perfect world where there is no evil and death.

He has placed us in an amazing world and universe. The flowers in the hedgerow are beautiful, although the majority are never seen by human eye. Seed time and harvest come round every year to give food to all. He has made mankind to enjoy this beautiful world, but the creator God has seen that mankind is far from perfect, and is likely to ultimately destroy it.

What can he do to prevent this happening and save the greatest of His creation? There would be various possibilities. If He came suddenly to explain His plan so that everybody would know that He had come, they would believe out of fear. Because He is also a God of love, this would be unthinkable.

The only way He could reveal himself would be to be born as a baby, and grow up to be an adult. He could show that He was God by doing miracles like bringing calm to storms, walking on the water, healing the sick and raising the dead. He also had another problem, evil has to be paid for as God is perfect. If mankind paid the price all would die, so God being perfect could die in their place and rising from death to give victory over evil.

The wonderful thing is that God had decided on this plan, He was born over 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. This is why we celebrate Christmas, the most amazing event of all time that can effect each one of us. You can read all about it in the New Testament.

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