‘Back to Life; Back to Reality’. So goes the title of the 1994 hit song for the British R and B Band Soul II Soul. I think this serves as a very apt description of where we’re at just now.
Christmas has gone and 2017 has come. We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. The town centre is back to normal with Christmas lights taken down; homes are back to normal with Christmas trees and decorations packed away until next Christmas. We can watch TV without being bombarded with ads enticing us to buy food we didn’t really need, drink we shouldn’t really take and perfume which would never really make us as attractive as the ad makes out it will! And, of course, the kids are back to school!
Back to life! Back to reality! And yet January is known as the worst month of the year perhaps, amongst other reasons, because of this very fact – that life does return to normal and that’s what many people cannot cope with. Reality! Normality!
The Gospel message is that the Jesus in the Manger is not for Christmas excitement alone, but just as he moved on from there to ultimately die for our sins on the cross, so too we must move on, back to reality, but with Jesus as our Lord and Saviour in our lives, in our homes, in our relationships, in our reality, which helps us to face January and February and every other month in the year with hope and confidence and courage.
Back to life; back to reality! Don’t leave Jesus behind at Christmas time. Ask him to be with you today and every day and so to make your life and reality one not of despair but of direction.
Your friend and Pastor
Rev Colin MacLeod