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CHRISTMAS; WHO OR WHAT DO YOU CELEBRATE
CHRISTMAS; WHO OR WHAT DO YOU CELEBRATE
Christmas is a kind of celebration that many people in the world celebrate. It is a unique season with a lot of difference. It is important in the life of many because it is one of the most major events that mark the end of the year. To most people this season is most important because of the long holiday involved. To most people the wonderful decoration of this season that brings a lot of excitement. And we know is a time to love and share things in common with love ones and neighbors.
In African, with the men in the village is a time of series of meetings planning for the community development and progress of the village having in mind that both the home base and the abroad base have come back for Christmas celebration. With them it is a time to play masquerade and heavy drinking. With the women and children is a time of serious feasting with a lot of African delicacies, and a time for new clothes; any man that doesn’t meet up is not a good man or father. Christmas is a time of much spending and a time of high expectation of favor, thereby many people hustle and struggle to meet up, and most times enter into many temptations. But may I ask, is it the same with the western community?
Well, the dictionary said that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ Jesus and all the Christian community agree to this understanding. I know that Christmas is not only a time to commemorate the birth of Christ but a time to reciprocate the gift and love God gave to the humanity towards our neighbors. Christmas is time to love and share many things in common. It should be a time of sober reflections: reconsidering the meaning and purpose of this Christmas. Now knowing that this Christmas is the will of God, we need to ask ourselves whether we are in the center of the will of God?
Well let’s start by asking ourselves this important question: Who do we celebrate? I believe we celebrate Jesus Christ the son of the living God. We celebrate the best gift of God to humanity. God said “every soul that sineth shall die”, this disqualify man for paying the prize for his sin, and because of this God came in the likeness of man; became the lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the whole world. The Bible said “that his name shall be called Jesus for he shall save his people from sin”. His birth was a mystery: for God said, behold a virgin shall be with a child , and shall bring forth a son , and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. This however confirms the fact that God came to man for redemption.
He is called the day star because even in the day light of the world; the world is still in darkness (full of evil). He is the day star because he has come to give light to them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. He came to give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sin. He came that he would grant unto us deliverance from the hands of our enemies, so that we being delivered would serve the Lord without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life. We lit everywhere during Christmas, in agreement that that he is the light of the world, though even in the midst of the light we lit, we still do wickedness before God. He is the light of the world because without him the whole world is in darkness. Today his light can still shine in your heart if you will accept him today. Accepting him means: accepting life at its fullness or living a fulfilled life.
What do we celebrate? We celebrate a total package of redemption from God. We celebrate the gift of eternal life. We celebrate his victory over sin and death through his death at the cross. We celebrate extravagance love of God for man. We celebrate the establishment of the family of God on earth. We celebrate the restoration of dominion-power lost to the devil. We celebrate the living hope of eternity.
What do you celebrate with? With so much alcohol? So much fun or fornication with woman? Or celebrate with masquerade in name of culture? God is not there! Or do you celebrate with many gifts: the one and best gift of God have you accepted it?