Do They Know It’s Christmas
by Rev Greg Obong-Oshotse 24 December 2020
Reading: Luke 2:1-14
Text: Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.”
In late 1984, Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof, better known as Bob Geldof, gathered stars from the music and entertainment industry to respond to the of 1983-1985. In one day, 25 November 1984, they recorded Ethiopian famine the single, Do They Know It’s Christmas? Released in the UK on 3 December 1984, it quickly became the Christmas No1 of 1984, selling a million copies in the first week, and more than 3 million by the end of the year. It became the biggest- selling single of all time in the UK until 1997. The initial expectation was to raise £70,000 but it raised £8 million within twelve months of its release. It was a phenomenal and laudable achievement.
The idea of God sending His only Son to the world has inspired the beautiful practice of the giving of gifts at Christmas. With a challenge: in a world where it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas, charity needs be the servant of the one great purpose of Christmas – The Incarnation: God coming into the world as a human being to offer the only rescue by which each man or woman, boy or girl, may be saved.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.
The greatest Christmas gift remains the original one: salvation, one born-again soul at a time. It’s Good News for every day of the year.
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Dear Father may we honour the greatest ever gift in Christ’s name, Amen