A Word from Geoff – December 2018

Saviour of world born in Wigan

That got your attention didn’t it?

Why does it seem so unlikely that the Saviour of the world could come from Wigan?
Be careful because I am from Wigan.

One of the problems that Jesus faced was that he was born in Bethlehem and raised in
Nazareth. In those day’s people were quite disparaging about these towns

For us, it’s kind of like saying… We know how great things happen, and we know where
great things happen. Great things happen in London, New York City, Paris, and Tokyo.
Great things don’t happen in, Wigan or Grimsby. That’s how our world thinks.
And that’s exactly why God sends his Son as a little baby, born to poor parents, born to an
unwed mother, in a food trough.

Why does God do that?

To remind us especially at Christmas time that there is always hope, no matter how
hopeless your situation seems. Because the world is always writing people off, saying,
“This kind of person never changes, this kind of situation never gets better, and this kind of
situation… There’s no hope for that.”

We’re always writing things off. God reminds us through Christmas that he loves to go into
situations that look the most hopeless, the most unlikely, the most unexpected, and that’s
where he loves to do his miracles.

Light and salvation come through Galilee, not Rome, and this means no matter where
you’re from, no matter what you’ve been through, no matter what you’ve done or how
hopeless you think your situation is, God loves to make his light break through in unlikely
places.

Christmas reminds us the world is a dark place; nevertheless, light has dawned. Hope has
come. A Child was born. A Son was given. He will usher in justice and peace, and he will
defeat evil and darkness, and death will not have the last word. Anything is possible.
Nothing is impossible, and that’s why we celebrate, not just at Christmas time but every
day of the year.

Have a blessed Christmas

Geoff