Dear Minster and Friends,
A few weeks ago on Sunday, Simon shared with us some tools for how to tell others about Jesus. Simon reminded us of the spiritual battle we face and something that he said continues to echo in my mind; he made the point that the devil has three hopes for our lives. Firstly, that you will never hear the good news of Jesus. Secondly, that if you hear it you won’t receive it. Lastly, that if you hear it and receive it, that you will never share the good news with others.
This morning as I drove into work I found myself listening to the carol, “Go tell it on the mountain.” The chorus joyfully sings out:
Go! Tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere.
Go! Tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.
It made me think of the shepherds and their angelic encounter while looking after their sheep by night. After the angels revealed to them the news of Jesus’ birth, the shepherds went to see it for themselves. Convinced that in that manger their Saviour lay, they left only to go and spread the news. Luke records it for us:
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this
child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. (Luke 2:17-18)
The shepherds proclamation is only the beginning of the numerous proclamations of Jesus recorded within the gospels. Whenever people encounter Jesus they can’t help but go tell others about him and what he has done for them. I wonder if more often than not we find ourselves silenced, I am sad to say that I know I do. But let us encourage one another to not be silenced this Christmas! We have the most meaningful, life-changing, earth-shattering news to share with others. Let us not let the devil have victory in this area of our life. Let us not be on the defensive but let’s be on the offensive and tear down hell’s walls this christmas. Let’s shout it from the mountains, over the hills and everywhere that “Jesus Christ is born!”
Carol Singing Wednesday 6th and 13th December
“On that note; we will be singing carols outside Gerrards Cross station tomorrow from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. We would love there to be as many of us as possible – the more the merrier, just turn up! We will have song sheets, sweets and flyers to hand out. We have found each year that it really blesses the commuters and brings joy to those who are often a bit stressed and grumpy from a long day and a long year at work!”
With much love,