Editorial

Christ and Christmas

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/22/2019 12:30:54 PM IST

 When someone receives a gift for Christmas; it makes the receiver very happy to think that someone cares for him(or her). But is Christmas all about giving gifts? Of course when giving gifts is in line with the famous and everlasting greeting ‘Merry Christmas’; it means happiness. Sometimes and often most would tend to agree that it is not the gift but the thought behind it that matters. This is what the modern world's version of Christmas does. If that be so then, for many people, Christmas can also be a time of sorrow. Many don't have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home or those who will miss their loved ones who have passed away. Christ’s gift is not material but spiritual. The fact is that there is no Christmas message in the bible since the birth of Christ was itself the message that was foretold centuries before the birth about the messiah who would be the peacemaker and mediator to reconcile God and man. This is what was revealed in Isaiah’s prophecy seven hundred years before Jesus Christ was born in what is modern-day Palestine. The prophecy heralds the fulfilment of God’s promise for redemption of mankind. For most Christians, or 2.5 billion of the worlds nearly 7 billion people, celebrating Christmas on December 25 is said to be an occasion to welcome the birth of Jesus Christ. However, the fact remains, that the early church did not celebrate Christ's birth. Such celebration only came into the church with the "Christianization” of pagan rites by emperor Constantine of Rome in the 4th Century AD. However, as the world welcomes Christmas as a season for rejoicing and merry making, the peace that people long for will be as elusive and temporal since it is relative to the environment. In regions of conflict, the Christmas message may have less relevance when victims cry out of justice against the perpetrators. However, the message of Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ who came to the world to bring reconciliation between God and man. Christmas is not about the Savior's infancy; it is about His deity. The humble birth of Jesus Christ was never intended to conceal the reality that God was being born into the world. For the world, peace means no strife and where the mind is free from tension. This peace needs to be fuelled by the environment and therefore it is a relative term. The key to the inner peace that surpasses all understanding is in being obedient to the Word of God by repenting for wrongs committed and seeking forgiveness or forgiving wrongdoers. Pride and bitterness however makes forgiveness a difficult task and for which it becomes impossible for repentance. Unless this process is fulfilled, it is difficult to understand what peace really means. Christmas is a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. Thus, the purpose of God is what the real meaning of Christmas is. 

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