St Paul’s And Holy Cross
Most of us at sometime or other will have experienced the delight of a children’s nativity play – as a small child, fascinated parent, or proud grandparent. The story is familiar to us all. I vividly remember our eldest, as a little girl, singing (on her own!) Star shining bright…
There is the story, true or not I am not sure (though it seems more than possible to be anchored in reality), of the point in the nativity play when a tentative Joseph knocks on the innkeeper’s door, and once it is enthusiastically opened says, “Do you have any room, please?” to which the innkeeper replies, with a sweeping gesture, “Of course – welcome! Do come in!”
That is how Christmas is meant to be; Jesus finding a ready and enthusiastic welcome as He asks if He may come and live with and within us! Holman Hunt’s famous painting, Jesus the light of the world, puts in picture form those words of Jesus, “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me”.
What an offer! The creator God asking to be welcomed to come and live within us and there make His home. I think the little boy who would have caused much amusement, and some consternation, in that nativity play got it absolutely right! “Welcome, do come in!”
May joy and peace in Jesus be yours this Christmas season…. and onwards…. Jim Stevens