Day 349 Ho! Ho! Ho! There was no water in the well.

You see a dried well taken over by the plants and nature, with some odd coins lying at the bottom. Who can drink from this well? No one, it is only good for nature now, for a shade for critters, cool dwelling plants and roots to take over. Pretty soon it will be covered and no one will know that this well existed.

Jeremiah 38:6

Then they took me back to the courtyard of the palace guards and let me down with ropes into the well that belonged to Malchiah, the king’s son. There was no water in the well, and I sank down in the mud.

As the Christmas season is upon us and many people get over excited about the festivities, I wonder why. What are people celebrating? Are we in danger, if we declare the truth, of being left in a dry well by the king’s son?

People get excited for the joy of opening so many presents, of eating and drinking so much that they will burst, of trying to have so nice of a time as long as we all follow the traditions and don’t say anything about “it is all made up anyway!” If we do all this then we will stay out of the well. Santa the biggest lie, that if a priest where to mention the fact that he is made up at a family service and the real reason for Christmas is Christ, then he would be abandoned to preach on his own as the mothers tutted “how dare he!” Everyone is in league and very few are standing against this lie.

It is like they are throwing coins down a well. They expect something to happen but it doesn’t. God’s glorious creation is taking over this well and it is a beautiful site but people throw coins down and expect instant fix answers, when in fact the change is happening but slowly everyday the well is healing. When people a reeling from the over excitement on boxing day, the well is still being transformed but there is no one there to notice.

After spending nearly a year blogging on the web, I feel an almost urgent need to cut all ties with this imaginary world. After watching people walk past me in ASDA for a few hours with nearly everyone staring down at their phones as they walked past, I wonder if people are so focussed on the instant fix of Christmas that they don’t realise that the salvation is here. Now! Present!

A child asked me today – “What would you do if you met Jesus?”

I answered that I have already met him and he is with me always, but if the Physical bodied Jesus would appear then I would fall down and worship him. I would be thankful and joyful for his sacrifice was something I could never have given in return for I am too cowardly.

You see I thank Jesus for saving me. I have the hope of salvation. The living well that is eternal, but that is not good enough because there are others, many friends who do not see. They see a well and throw coins into it and expect the instant fix, and when the well does not present the instant fix they scoff that God is not real.

Ho! Christmas is a reminder that God has sent his son already and that this salvation is open to all.

Ho! Christmas is also a reminder that God is with us presently and he will not abandon us.

Ho! Christmas is a reminder that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead and that when he does you had better get your life sorted with the creator through Jesus, otherwise you will be left in a Godless world – for that is what you have rejected.

I don’t get over excited about Christmas because I know we are playing the long game. Jesus tells us that when he left telling all that he is with you always, even to the end of the time.

Matthew 28:16-20

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Amen.

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