Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo have been found guilty of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby on May 22.
Giving evidence during their trial, Adebolajo denied murder on the basis that he was a soldier of Allah fighting a war.
The court heard that Adebolajo was brought up as a Christian: his parents took him to church every week and he remembers reading passages from the Bible on New Year’s Eve by candlelight.
He rejected this when he converted to radical Islam at his first year of university in Greenwich.
It would be wrong simply to portray Christianity as peaceful and Islam violent. As the recent Channel 5 series The Bible has reminded us, terrible events are recorded in the Christian scriptures.
Yet Christians believe that God was revealed supremely in the vulnerable new-born baby found by shepherds in a manger.
The shepherds worshipped him; King Herod slaughtered all the baby boys in Bethlehem.
In the aftermath of Christmas, ask yourself: what does my response to the birth of Jesus say about me?
Then please pray for Lee Rigby’s family – and his killers – in your prayers.
Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham