December 2020

Monthly topical artices kindly supplied by a regular visiting               

speaker from Northampton: Stan Burditt.

 

 

VIEW FROM THE PULPIT               December 2020

All Change!

Every person on planet earth is living at a time of all change!   The White House in the USA will have a change of residents on 20th January when elect president Joe Biden takes up his four year presidency.  His immediate responsibility will be to deal with the pandemic that is escalating throughout the USA. He has set the example of being vaccinated against the virus.  It is not only Mr Biden’s problem but the issue affecting every leader of every nation in the world, The financial cost in providing a vaccine for the whole world is immense.

In 1911 the Welsh Poet W H Davies published a poem entitled “Leisure” which reads

“What is this life if, full of care

we have no time to stand and stare?-

No time to stand beneath the boughs,

And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full a care,

We have no time to stand and stare”. 

He encourages us all to take our eyes off the material world and to look and consider the order and beauty of the natural world around us.  His opening lines are well remembered and have been used in Center Parcs advertising.  W H Davies was known as the super tramp and lived a vagrant lifestyle throughout the UK.  He was constantly moving and crossed the Atlantic 7 times in a cattle boat on his adventures.  Although he was born in Newport Monmouthshire, he lived in many places and when in London he lived in four different houses in one street indicating a restlessness and perhaps not finding the change he was looking for. 

There will be many changes this Christmastime in relation to social activity with family and friends.  Restrictions in travel and the importance of social distancing will mean that family “get togethers” will not be allowed. There has been a change in the virus enabling it to travel faster and wider infecting many more people and hospitals are finding that most wards have covid patients. 

From January 1st people in the UK will experience many changes due to Brexit and the cessation of the freedom of movement of people and goods from the continent to the UK and vice versa.  What this entails and how it will work is not known even at this late stage and the uncertainty is causing businesses and individuals some angst. 

Changes caused by the pandemic or by politics have affected every life and many people are troubled as to where and when this will end.  It seems as though things are out of control but this is not so, for God is in control.  He is the sovereign Lord of Heaven and Earth. 

There is a lovely verse of scripture in Hebrews chapter 13 v 8 which reads “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” concurring with Psalm 90 v 2 which reads “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God”.  The one who spoke the worlds into being Psalm  33 v 9 For he spake and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast”  created an order and beauty for everyone to observe.  At Bethlehem the eternal Son of God took humanity and became the Son of Man.  This event must have been the greatest change that the world has ever seen.  Deity, stepping into humanity.  Hebrews chapter 2 v 16 says “For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham” and so the New Testament begins Matthew 1 v 1

“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” Well might the angels sing to the shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem “Luke 2 v 14 “ Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”.

People today might despair at the circumstances and conditions they are living under but Gods word stands firm and does not change.  There is goodwill to all men and there is an unbreakable promise that there will be peace on Earth in due time.  Goodwill to all men is expressed in the verse John 3 v 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.  The greatest person, giving the greatest gift, to the greatest company of people for the greatest salvation from an eternity in Hell.  The Lord Jesus Christ went to the cross and died for sinners such as you and me, to purchase salvation by the shedding of his blood.  A person who believes and receives Christ into their life as their Lord and Saviour experiences the greatest change of all 2 Corinthians 5 v 17 therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” It is wonderful to be saved, death is not the end and for the person who is born again the future is glory in Heaven.  “I Corinithians 15 v 51 ..we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of any eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed”

We trust that there will be a change for the better for you all in 2021 but the best change for you can begin right now by receiving the Lord Jesus into your life as your own personal saviour.

Happy Christmas to you all

God bless,     

 

Stan Burditt