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The Birth of the Great

For all the Christians around the world, regardless of their status in life, the month of December is something to look forward to. To say that it is the month for people to be happy is such as an understatement. December is so popular because it signifies the Christmas season. Whenever we speak of Christmas, delight, excitement, hope, warmth and the feeling of rebirth fills the air. And why not? Christmas is a season of great joy – not because of the gifts under our Christmas trees or that sumptuous roasted turkey in our dinner table or even the big bonuses. For the true meaning of Christmas is more than that. It is the time when God showed His great love for all of us. Christmas is about celebrating the birth of a great man, the Son of God, no other than our Lord Jesus Christ. His birth was no ordinary as narrated in the following verses from the Gospel of Luke.

"So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

                  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." (Luke 2: 4-19)

The birth of Jesus into this world is a celebration filled with joy and excitement but what makes it even greater and more significant is the truth that Jesus Christ is the epitome of divinity. He was born at a time when the relationship between God and His people was broken. Anger, doubt, ignorance, hypocrisy, greed, superstitions and other forms of impurity were prevalent but Jesus’ birth worked miracles and transformation in the lives of millions. Jesus gave hope, healing and spiritual enrichment to all mankind.

                  For someone like me whose birthday falls nearly on Christmas Day, it has always been a double celebration. I celebrate for the gift of life and at the same time welcome a dawn of renewal. Jesus Christ has played an important role in my entire adult life. I could have ended just like any of those delinquent kids full of angst and regret if not by His guidance and wisdom while I was growing up. Every now and then I fail Jesus in so many ways but His graciousness is way bigger than my shortcomings. I am a witness of His greatness. I feel His love everyday through the people I meet and the countless life-changing experiences that come along the way. If there is something that I can do for Jesus, that is to become an instrument of change, hope, and joy for others not only during the Christmas season but all throughout the year.

Closing Prayer:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Almighty Jesus, you are the greatest and most beautiful blessing that God has ever given us. You came into this world at the most perfect time when mankind has lost faith, hope and direction. This Christmas season, we pray that once again you restore the will of those whose faith and hope have wavered because of abuses, violence and sufferings. May you lighten once more the path of those who have sinned against you. May you bring back the joy to those who have lost their loveones. Continue inspiring us Lord to live a righteous life. Grant us your guidance and wisdom forever and ever, Amen.

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