A seasonal reflection

We are coming to the time of year when many people remember the story of the birth of Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem. It is time to be reflective and to think how we relate to Jesus Himself.

As the festive season approaches, let us focus on Jesus.
As the festive season approaches, let us focus on Jesus.

Jesus called us to deny ourselves, to take up our cross and to follow Him (Matthew 16:24). In the story of Jesus in the four gospels, we see many people not doing this.

We see the Chief priests and elders, who were very religious and well-schooled in the Scriptures, trying to trap Jesus with difficult questions, lying and taking bribes against Jesus and eventually plotting and scheming Jesus’ death. We also see Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea, although recognising that there was no basis for a charge against Jesus, he handed Him over to be flogged and crucified. Neither of these people wanted to know Jesus, to follow Him or to be around Him.

Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 original disciples, had his own secret agenda. Judas had seen miracles, feeding of thousands, the dead raised to life, yet he was more interested

in gaining money and stealing from the money bag, than following Jesus. His heart had a greater love for wealth than obeying the Son of the living God. He had a secret sin that he would not release or seek help from Jesus, who lived with him. His secret sin – a desire for money!

Are we disciples of Jesus, or merely playing games with God? God commands all men to repent (Acts 17:30), to forsake their own way and to follow Him. We will each stand before Almighty God to account for what we have done with the knowledge of Jesus.

Let us reflect this coming season on our relationship to the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

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