The True Essence of Christmas

“For to us a child is born, to us
a son is given—Isaiah 9: 6″

WE are in that special season once
again, a season of joy, of peace,
of great tidings. A season when
we celebrate the birth of Christ
the King, the redeemer of
mankind! Jesus is the reason for
the season.
What does Christmas mean to you
and me? I will like to draw
reference from the views of two
writers. The first is J. C Penney
who wrote, ‘Christmas is not just
a time for festivity and merry
making. It is more than that. It is
a time for the contemplation of
eternal things. The Christmas
spirit is a spirit of giving and
forgiving.’

Next is the thought provoking
words of George F. McDougall
‘Christmas means a spirit of love,
a time when the love of God and
the love of our fellow men should
prevail over all hatred and
bitterness, a time when our
thoughts and deeds and the spirit
of our lives manifest the presence
of God.
The above comments say it all.
Christmas is not all about merry
making. We must also spare time
to reflect on the essence of the
period which is the love of God
for humanity. This unquantifiable
love is summed up in the popular
bible verse John 3: 16 “For God
so loved the world that he gave us
his only begotten son, that
whosoever believeth in him will
not perish but have eternal
life.”When we ponder on God’s
love for us, we too are encouraged to share love with others, to embrace peace and be our brother’s keeper. When we
are imbued with this love of God,
we will be always willing to give a
helping hand to those in need, to
give succour and comfort to the
vulnerable ones amongst others.
At Christmas, we are expected to
spare time to contemplate on
things eternal. That is, we must
remind ourselves that we are
strangers her on earth; that our
real home is in heaven. And that
no matter how long we live, we
shall sure die one day. So many
people who started the year 2012
with us are not around to finish it.
Like us, they commenced the New
Year with high hopes and aspirations. Some may have
planned to marry this year, to buy
a new car or to move into their
new apartment. But alas, all those
are now but a pipe dream. Thus,
we should count ourselves lucky to
be alive to see this Christmas.
This should therefore be a period
of gratitude to God for sparing
our lives and counting us among
the living. It should equally be an
opportunity for us to mend our
ways with God so that we will not
be found wanting.

The spirit behind Christmas is
that of giving and sharing.
The three wise men, on learning
about the born child, came calling
with gifts of gold, incense and
myrrh Christmas heart is a giving
heart, a wide open heart that
thinks of others first. The birth
of the baby Jesus stands as the
most significant event in all
history, because it has meant the
pouring into a sick world of the
healing medicine of love which has
transformed all manner of hearts
for almost two thousand years…
Underneath all the bulging bundles
is this beating Christmas heart. –
George Matthew Adams t is
December, the month of
Christmas. Carols coming from
every store, television set &
radio, from church choir &
ordinary people caught-up in the
spirit of the season. Some of the
carols are secular, some sacred
with their various deep meanings.

This month, I heard three
different people talk about
December, they all said the same
thing:, oh my “its December, an
expensive month”. This caught my
attention, why is it that people are
talking about an expensive month
instead of being happy that it is
almost Christmas. We give each
other presents but do we really
know the essence of Christmas?.
Jesus himself said, “love thy
neighbour as thyself”.
Christmas is the celebration of
the birth of Christ. A time for us
to understand the lessons from
Jesus & reflect on them. Jesus
brought a new religion based on
love & the vision of a God who is
full of compassion & forgiveness;
a vision of doing everything with a
positive mindset & from a place of
love.
In today’s day and time, it is easy
to lose sight of the true meaning
of Christmas. Amidst the delicious
meals, sweet drinks, lovely songs
& dances, beautiful friends &
family members we would come
across this season, let’s try not to
forget about the child, born on a
winter night so cold, whose bed
was made only of hay & animal
food; our lord Jesus Christ, who
taught us all what real, genuine &
unconditional love is. As we
celebrate the birth of our
saviour, let’s be human & kind
enough to remember & show some
love to those motherless babies,
helpless orphans, hospital
patients, prisoners, beggars & all
those who are not fortunate
enough to be actively involved in
the celebration of the birth of
our lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
Happy Christmas.

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