Spiritual Life: Jesus transformed the universe

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 December 2017

St Mary's Curch in South Woodford is having a grand reopening of it's Memorial Hall. The Reverend Ian Tarrant

St Mary's Curch in South Woodford is having a grand reopening of it's Memorial Hall. The Reverend Ian Tarrant


Born in 1899, a lad from Leytonstone became famous for his movies: Alfred Hitchcock.

Unlike other directors he would appear in each film himself - just a minor part, such as a customer in a shop, or a passenger in a train.

Hitchcock was creator and director of the film, but he was also inside it.

At Christmas we celebrate the fact that God, creator and director of the cosmos, came and lived inside it as a man - Jesus, born at Bethlehem.

Wesley’s carol, Hark the herald angels sing, says this in four ways:

Veiled in flesh the godhead see:

Hail the incarnate deity,

Pleased as man with man to dwell,

Jesus our Emmanuel.

The word Emmanuel means ‘God with us’.

No character Hitchcock played ever affected the plot of the film; but Jesus changed the universe.

Christians believe that his death on the cross made it possible for human beings to have peace with God and live forever.

As the good news of God’s love spread further and wider, countless individuals were changed, nations were transformed, schools and hospitals were built.

Compassion for the weak and equal rights for different groups of people became hallmarks of civilisation.

‘Is it true?’ asked Betjeman in his poem, Christmas.

If it is true, nothing else about Christmas compares with the truth that God became human. That truth challenges each of us to trust in God for eternal life, and challenges us to value each human being and re-shape the world.

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