CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT CHRIST
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NKJ).
Christmas is a season of giving and merry making. Yet, it’s also a season of reflections; as we pause and evaluate our lives. Whatever be the reason for celebrating the occasion, many people around the world agree that, the end of the month of December brings a closure to another year.
Looking at the multiplicity of reasons why we celebrate Christmas, it’s easy for majority of us to miss the main reason why we celebrate it? The prophet Isaiah reminds us that, Christmas is about the birth of a child – God’s Son called Jesus Christ. Hence, he wrote; For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given (Isaiah 9:6a). In the book of Isaiah, this message is preceded with the dark and gloomy moments the Jewish people were going through at the time; because of their disobedience to God. He therefore, wanted them to repent so they’ll receive forgiveness.
The birth of Christ is a fulfillment of prophecy. For seven hundred years, Isaiah prophesied that, Christ will be born by a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). He was therefore born for a specific reason and a particular task. John writes: He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil (1John 3:8). According to John, mankind’s sin originated with the devil – a confirmation of the Fall in the Garden of Eden; where Adam and Eve were deceived by the serpent to eat the forbidden fruit.
God saw man’s predicament of wallowing in sin. Because of his love and mercy, he intervened by sending his Son to die in man’s behalf. This act is aptly described by John when he wrote: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16 NKJV). This calls on all of us to assess our spiritual stand before God; and consciously reach out to accept this special gift from him – his Son Jesus Christ.
The gift of Christ cuts across all racial and ethnic barriers. For, he is not limited to a particular race or gender. Neither is he limited to the privileged few among us. His names make him so special for everyone to desire him. Isaiah said: And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6b). These names bring hope and courage to those who receive him. For, he works wonders in their lives. He gives the best advice to those who walk with him. He has so much power and authority to fight every battle – physical, spiritual, emotional, psychological, social or economic. He is a Father to the fatherless; a Father who never dies. He gives peace to all who receive him.
This Christmas, if you might be thinking of the main purpose for the season. I suggest you make Christ the centre of your Christmas; and receive him as a gift from God. As we celebrate Christmas in our world of abundance, let’s remember those (half of whom are children) who might not receive any Christmas present at all; and look for ways and means to bring a smile to the needy in our communities.
In conclusion let us ask the Spirit of God to open the hearts of those who do not know Christ, to accept him into their troubled hearts.
We want to thank you for your prayer and financial support of our ministry throughout the year. We couldn’t have done it without you.
On behalf of my family, staff, and the entire members of Disciples Revival Church, I WISH YOU MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Rev. Dr. & Rev. (Mrs.) Charles & Faustina Mantey
- My second book titled: Understanding Love: Biblical & Cultural Perspectives has been released. You may order your copy from Amazon.com or through the Publisher @ www.shidaanikei.com.
- The first book titled: African Spirituality: Did Africans know God before the arrival of the Missionaries? Could also be purchase on Amazon and shidaanikei.com as well.
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