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The Advent Countdown

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In my head there have been many countdowns going on. As I write this there’s less than a week to go before I’m at the U2 gig (as you read this, no doubt you’re bored of me saying how incredible it was!), less than four weeks till the new Star Wars movie and less than five weeks till Christmas Day! I’m so excited for all these events. What it is about this time of year that you enjoy (or don’t)?
As we come into this season of Advent, people start preparing for all sorts of traditions and family gatherings. Preparation is so important. Yet there are many of us, because of how rushed things become, that can struggle to be present in many situations. Why is that? We always seem to be plan-ning ahead or looking to the past. What does it look like for someone to be present and still.
In John 18: 37 we read “‘Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.’”
Jesus is being questioned by Pilate in relation to who he is. Jesus then gives reason to Pilate as to why he has come. To testify to the truth. Pilate then responds with the now infamous quote ”What is truth?”
Why does Jesus say he has come to testify to the truth? We read in the word of God that Jesus is the way, truth and life, and that the truth will set us free. Free from what? Well the opposite of truth is a lie. So what is the lie that Jesus has come to challenge with the truth? I believe that the lie that many people believe is that God is not enough. We can be our own truth. We’re good enough by ourselves. Think back to the book of Genesis, when the serpent comes and tempts Adam and Eve. He is
basically saying that they don’t need God and that they can be like Him, without Him.
Very few people are content. Very rarely these days will you find people present. There is a peace that comes in knowing Jesus personally and believing that he is enough truth. When I think of Jesus being the truth, I question what are the lies in my life that I need to rid myself of. What lies do we believe as true that need to go for us to be set free?
This Christmas as you go about the busyness of life, take a moment to revel in the fact that Jesus wants you to know the truth, to be set free in the truth and live your life out of the truth. Rid yourself of the lies. Know the peace of Jesus as we celebrate His birth. As much as I love U2 and Star Wars, nothing compares to the love I have for Jesus and the freedom experienced because of living and believing the truth that he has for me.
John 8: 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free
Blessings, Rev. Alan Breen