Week 4 : Thursday 24 December

posted 13 Nov 2015, 20:52 by Solihull Parish   [ updated 13 Nov 2015, 20:53 ]

Isaiah 9: 2, 6, 7

 The people who walked in darkness
   have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
   on them light has shined. 
6 For a child has been born for us,
   a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
   and he is named
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
7 His authority shall grow continually,
   and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
   He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
   from this time onwards and for evermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.


In the Christmas carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, there is a line asking Jesus to “cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.” Isaiah reminds us that Jesus, the Light of the World, comes to us and can destroy the darkness in us. Jesus really does knock on the door of our hearts, asking to come in and transform our lives so that we become more like Jesus.


Can you sing those lines from “O little Town of Bethlehem” this Christmas and really open the door of your heart to Jesus? Are there “rooms” in your life that need Jesus’s light and love to enter, in order to banish the darkness there?

A Prayer:

May the same Lord Jesus Christ who came to Bethlehem 2000 years ago find room in our hearts and celebrations tomorrow, not just in a small corner on the side but as the highest Lord of honour and our close friend.  Amen.