SO WHO IS JESUS?
That is the question everyone should be asking this Christmas but, sadly, too few will even realise this festive season is really all about Him. So let’s take a few moments to remind ourselves and be ready to answer what potentially is a life-changing question.
First, Jesus is Christ the Lord for: “unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). Not only is this the advent of the long-awaited Christ, the Messiah, the specially Anointed One of whom God’s people have yearned but this is “the Lord.” God himself has come. Here, finally, after centuries of waiting, is the true Immanuel. Here is “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).
Secondly, Jesus is the Saviour. “Unto you is born this day . . . a Saviour,” heralds the angel “You shall call his name Jesus,” the messenger says to Joseph, “for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Jesus comes to save.
There is more to be said. It gets even better for Jesus is the Treasure. The risen Christ is the treasure hidden in the field (Matthew 13:44). He is the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:45–46). He is not just God with us, here to save us, but He himself is our greatest joy, the pre-eminent Treasure, who will satisfy our human souls forever as only the divine-human Christ can.
Finally, Jesus is the Glory. The heavenly hosts sing His praises: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!” (Luke 2:14). We often think of Christ as our Lord, Saviour and Treasure but we are missing the point if we somehow disregard His glory. Not only did Jesus uphold the reputation and honour of Almighty God while on earth but He was and is our glorious God Himself.
Let’s make sure we put Christ at the heart of our Christmas this year!
It is good to welcome back Pastor Peter who has been away in the United States on a month-long sabbatical. May the Lord continue to bless him and the family as he resumes his ministry at Tabernacle.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Congratulations to Joan and Ray Martin who picked up the “Star of Newbridge” award for their continuing hard work in the local community. They were given the honour of switching on the Newbridge Christmas lights following a short carol service at Tabernacle on Friday, 1st December.
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Speakers for Sunday Services in December:
3rd: a.m. Pastor Peter Cho p.m. Rev Dr Suzanne Roberts
10th: a.m. Pastor Peter Cho p.m. Mr Geoff Champion Both services cancelled because of snow
17th: a.m. Nativity Play p.m. Carol Service
24th: a.m. Pastor Peter Cho 5p.m. Carol Service at Newbridge Pentecostal Church
31st: a.m. Pastor Peter Cho No evening service 8p.m. Social evening & Watchnight Service
Dates for your diary:
Tuesday 5th: Y Christmas (schools visiting)
“ “ “ Caerphilly County Borough Council Budget Consultation Drop-in Session (Main Schoolroom)
Wednesday 6th Church Business Meeting
Thursday 7th: Community Luncheon Club – Christmas meal
Saturday 9th: 9.30a.m.. – 12.00 noon Gwent Baptist Association Prayer and Quiet Reflection Time for Advent
Tuesday 12th: 11a.m. Carol Singing at Tyr Celyn Nursing Home, New Bryngwyn Road (meet at church 10:30)
Thursday 14th: 6.30p.m .Community Carol Service
Tuesday 19th: 12p.m. Fellowship Meal at Travellers Rest
Sunday 24th: 5pm Newbridge Pentecostal Church Carol Service ( no evening service at Tabernacle)
Monday 25th: 10.30am Christmas Day Service
Sunday 31st: 8.00p.m. Social Evening &Watchnight Service (Bring & Share)
SHOE BOXES (SAMARITAN’S PURSE)
A total of 160 shoe boxes have been donated from Tabernacle. These included some from Bethel, Crumlin, Members of Slimming World plus a number of individual friends. Thank you to everyone who has donated. Special thanks to go Joan and Ray Martin, Kath, Howard and Naomi Seaborne, for organising the event, and all who helped fill the boxes.
Samaritan’s Purse UK is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God amongst communities in need (in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia) across the world.