It’s Christmas time again. I don’t know about you but quite often I find Christmas time a mad sprint to the end and I tend to miss it before I even realise. But Christmas is such an important time to remember the reality of the gospel – that God came into the world and set in motion a plan to save us all. When we consider that, all the other ‘stuff’ in this season just sort of pales in comparison, don’t you think?

This year I’ve been reflecting a lot on what the angel said to the shepherds:

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the city of David, a Saviour has been born.” (Luke 2:10-11)

Good news. Great joy. All people. How powerful is that? The birth of Jesus, his life and ministry, his ultimate sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection is all a life-transforming reality that we get to embrace each and every day. As I ponder on it, I am reminded by another part of scripture that says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bear good news” (Isiah 52:7). How beautiful indeed. The shepherds met Jesus and went away praising God, knowing that they now bear the best news of all!

In a separate article this month, I detailed the progress of our Towards 100 vision. While we pursue the vision of growth in ministry, we are fully aware that behind every number is a group of students engaging in the life-transforming gospel of Jesus. Our Student Leaders are spending week after week being and bringing the good news of Jesus to their friends at school. Just as Christ brought hope to us first, we are now couriers of that hope to all those around us. You know that scene in Avengers: End Game where all the superheroes assembled? When I imagine our student leaders owning their faith at school, that’s how they look in my mind.

Sure, it’s not always glorious and pretty. Things don’t always go as planned. Our students face times of rejection, opposition or embarrassment. We come across challenges and roadblocks. But hey, if the Christmas story taught us anything, our God is not afraid to deliver hope in and through the trials and messiness of life.

With that in mind, bring on 2020.

Merry Christmas and God bless,

ABOVE: One of our Lunchtime Groups

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