Celebrating Christmas is the best time of the year. The darkest and coldest month of the year is celebrated by lighting up the streets, shops and houses and giving gifts to each other. In all the hustle and bustle of the festivity and buying and wrapping gifts for our loved ones etc can drift us away from the main focus and the centre of it all – “JESUS”.
Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out. Jn:1: 3-5
Few days ago during worship I had this overwhelming thought about how an awesome and all powerful GOD- by whom, for whom and through whom everything was created could leave all HIS Glory and Heavenly home and chose not a palace, not a mansion not even a decent home but a humble manger to be born. The KING of kings and the LORD of lords lying there in a stinky and cold place always breaks my heart. Its goes beyond the meaning of the word ‘humility’, HE chose such a humble couple and such a lowly place to enter into this world.
Some of them criticise about celebrating Christmas. Think about this, without Christmas there is no Easter. Meditating on the humble entry of Christ’s birth, the struggle of Mary and Joseph, the announcement to the forgotten Shepherds and the significance of the gifts of the wise men and above all the very act of the GOD of all creation giving away HIS most precious possession (HIS only SON) is all about Christmas.
Even as a baby JESUS went through poverty, homelessness, death threats and even fleeing the Country. HE understands your every pain, HE not only understands your brokenness but he literally feels it and carries you through. Today you might not be joyful as people around you and might feel the pain of a loss of a loved one, take courage that JESUS is with you and HE is closer to you than you could ever imagine because HE has been there. HE is so real and more real than the air that you breath.
And for those of us who are wrapping our final presents, finishing our cooking, finishing our last minute shopping or even putting up last minute decorations, lets take time to reflect on the greatest and the most priceless gift ever given to us – JESUS!!!
6 For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen! Is:9:6,7
HE is our everything. Through HIM we have peace,hope, joy, good health, forgiveness of our sins, eternal life and best of all our names written in HIS Book of Life and the hope of life after death. May this Christmas fill you and your family with the love, joy and peace of CHRIST!!!
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!