Life in its Fullest
The Christmas season is full of many things. The shops are full of gifts to buy, diaries full with seasonal events, and many houses full with visitors. The temptation of luxury foods, a seasonal tipple, and the obligatory turkey can fill our stomachs to bursting, full of things we don’t really need.
So when Jesus says he has come to give us life in its fullest, is he talking about the fullness of frenetic activity, surging crowds and piles of stuff? I don’t think so. Jesus was born in poverty and spent his public ministry without possessions or home, leaving the riches of heaven to bring to us something that we do all desperately need.
The fullness that Jesus brings – and is announced by the Christmas angels – is the fullness of a relationship with God that gives meaning, peace and joy. All this and more is available to all who will ask Jesus to fill their lives in an unimaginable way.
May you know peace and joy – and life in its fullest – this Christmas and in the coming year.
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton