Heaven and earth collide

Posted by Peter Short on 19/12/2015 09:00

It’s finally here (almost)! After 8 weeks of Christmas advertising on TV, countless conversations planning Christmas dinner, trips to the shops to buy presents for friends and family, and more Christmas carols that you can stomach…

The warm up act is finished, the stage is set, the lights are dimmed, bums shuffle to the edges of their seats, people nudge each other and ask ‘is He here yet?’ – we await the arrival of the star of the show.

The chasm between heaven and earth has been too wide for too long, there is no way that we can ever hope to earn our place with God in eternity… and then … BOOM!
Out of nowhere a baby arrives and stands in the gap between heaven and earth. As He grows up He reminds people … ‘I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except by me’ [1]. And, with arms outstretched on a cross He took heaven in one hand and earth in the other and slammed them together. Heaven and earth collided through Jesus, never to be separated again, meaning that we can spend the rest of our earthly lives, and then eternity, with God.

We pray the Lord’s prayer almost every week as a church and say ‘on earth as it is in heaven’ – that tiny baby Jesus brought the reality of heaven crashing to earth. It’s a reality. Everything that is perfect about heaven is available here on earth - freedom from oppression, sickness, suffering, loneliness, addiction, depression and more.

Yes, when we get to heaven everything will be restored to perfection, but God wants so much more for us while we are still on earth. We aren’t stuck down here with no hope of a better life. We aren’t simply waiting for the day that we get welcomed into heaven. Gods plan isn’t for us to just stick it out down here. He sent us someone to bring heaven down to earth, not just for a while, but for ever.
God spent all of history preparing to send His Son here, are we prepared to accept Him as Saviour of the world? He’s just a tiny baby, if You aren’t looking for Him then You might just miss Him amongst the hustle and bustle of the next few days, but the spotlight is firmly on Him, bums are on the edges of seats, people nudge each other and whisper to each other ‘He’s here, He’s here!’

And now welcome the star of the show:
Jesus

 

Song for the week:
Heaven and earth – Hillsong

Your arrival – Phil Wickham

[1] – John 14:6

If any of this has grabbed your interest and you want to chat about it, then you can reach me on Twitter @peterjshort. I’d love to hear from you.

 



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