This is a copy of my article for the DECEMBER 2012 edition of the Billericay ‘Around Town Magazine’

It’s so hard to believe we’ve reached the end of an amazing 2012. The success of the Queens Diamond Jubilee, Wimbledon, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games seem like distant memories, don’t they? However, there is one final celebration of the year still to come. In fact, it’s the greatest celebration of all – the time when we celebrate how God sent His Son Jesus into the world, born as a child in a manger yet destined to die a death on a cross, to be our Saviour.  It’s true.

As an anonymous poet once said:

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator.  If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent an economist. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.  If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer. But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Saviour.

And no matter how we try, we cannot separate the Christmas story from the Easter story.

The familiar words of John Lennon seem to be everywhere this time of year: “So this is Christmas and what have you done?”  I’d like to change this slightly: “So this is Christmas and what will you do?” Will you celebrate that Jesus was born to be our Saviour?  It is, after all, what makes Christmas worth celebrating and, just like those amazing events in the summer, it can be life changing to all of you – but only if you make the time to enjoy the celebration.

‘Churches Together in Billericay’ extend an invitation to worship with them this Christmas season. Why not put a date in your diary and be sure not to miss out on the greatest Christmas gift of all – Jesus?