Advent: December 24

1 Peter 4:8-9

Most important of all, you must sincerely love each other, because love wipes away many sins. Welcome people into your home and don't grumble about it.

You’ll probably be busy today, so our last reflection will be a little shorter.

I like Peter’s, or at least the translator’s down-to-earth nature. Peter has been there, and done it, and now he expresses everything within the context of love. Show some love this Christmas, but remember that love is not just for Christmas.

Who could you invite to your home? Not sure? Then pray about it.

How will you celebrate Christ’s birth at home?

Father God, because of Jesus You now welcome me into your family as an adopted child, with all the riches of inheritance offered to me. Prompt me to share this amazing gift with those I meet. Amen.

Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.

 

If you’d like to spend a little more time in reflection, then you may like to read the passage from the opening of John’s Gospel, verses 1 to 14. As you read, remember that this is an opening to a Gospel that is very different from the openings of the other three. Mark goes to John the Prophet, Luke and Matthew include Jesus’ birth.

Matthew considers it important to place Jesus’ earthly heritage on record, writing a long list of forebears, but John tells us of Jesus’ heavenly status, and gives us this wonderful passage.

You may know the old version of it if you’ve done a few Nine Lessons services over the years, but I would recommend reading it out of that context and in a different translation. Here are some links to versions as found on BibleGateway.com, and there are plenty of other translations to find there:

The Message Bible

Good News Bible

The Voice

The Passion Translation

New Living Translation

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