I was struck the other day concerning the following verse of scripture.
â€œNow is my soul troubled? And what shall I say? â€˜Father, save me from this hourâ€™? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.
Jesus was very clear regarding the purpose of his journeying and the purpose of the moment he was entering into. Of course this verse relates to the Passion and the Easter period, but it got me thinking about Christmas. Whose hour is Christmas? If your anything likes me there is a temptation to think itâ€™s a time for me and us. A time for us to celebrate, rejoice, party, take a few days break enjoy the festivities, sing carols and be grateful. Itâ€™s also a time of increased busyness and activity. Christmas has been and I suggest continues to be Godâ€™s hour of activity and opportunity, a time when he is busy. Christmas is a time when Godâ€™s work and efforts through his church could have the chance of reaching conclusion for so many. Iâ€™m talking of mission! Godâ€™s mission, His Hour of Salvation can come for someone somewhere this Christmas. If there ever was a time when one could more easily invite a friend to church to see, hear and feel the person of Jesus, to be impacted by his message its Christmas. A Tearfund survey revealed that 3million people would come to church if they had the right invitation. Well if we canâ€™t find the right invitation at Christmas when can we! Jesus in the above verse clearly understood the challenge and the opportunity of the hour he was is. Can we see Christmas this way and grasp it’s challenge and opportunity. For some it may make 2012 activities find greater purpose. Go on invite a friend to something your church is doing this Christmas â€¦ Christmas is Gods hour! For this purpose I have come to it!