A season to give, love and celebrate

For others, season is the reason for the festivities.
Christmas Day is universally celebrated cutting across cultural, religious and racial boundaries like no other event on our annual calendar.
People of all faiths and ages unite in the celebrations. But for Christians, it marks the day when Jesus Christ was born. While they view it with reverence, observing the day with prayers and thanksgiving, others simply sink into merriment and gaiety, with the real significance of the day remaining obscured.
For Christians, December 25 is observed to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God. It was the compassion of God that He chose to send His son Jesus Christ as the ultimate redeeming sacrifice for the sins of the world.
Indeed, Jesus Christ was God personified on earth but He was not accepted as such and was eventually crucified by those whom He came to save.
They were people who wallowed in sin and their minds were captive to wickedness and debauchery. Yet, they were children of God and as Father, He sent His son Jesus to restore their lives, exhorting them to embrace the noble principles that were enunciated in the Bible.
Supernatural events
Indeed, the conception and birth of Jesus Christ are supernatural events beyond human reasoning but God used His Angels to impart specific gifts to selected people.
In Mathew 1 Verse 18-21, the birth of Jesus Christ is explained as follows:
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with a child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But before he had considered this, an Angel of the Lord appeared in his dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit, She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
Mistaken Identity
Jesus Christ was born in a small town five miles south of Jerusalem and during his ministry on earth, He had all the power of God, as He raised the dead, gave sight to the blind, restored deformed bodies and even quieted the stormy seas.
Despite His authority and power, Jesus came to the world as a servant of humanity but there was misconception in people that He was not God.
Simply, He was born to be crucified.
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is viewed as one of the greatest sacrifices made in the history humanity. It was love of God, the Father that He allowed the crucifixion of His only begotten son to save His children on earth.
For those from the Christian faith, the significance of the Christmas Day is enormous, for on this day the savior was born.
The birth of Christ is observed as a day of rejoicing where families and friends exchange greetings and gifts, adding to the merriment and celebrations that characterise the day.
Young, old, aged or infirm all look upon Christmas Day as a day of relaxation and celebration and it has grown in size, form and content over the years. Indeed, Christmas has an economic might that dwarfs economic activities that precede other such events in any year.
The occasion also gains recognition and excitement because of holidays that accompany it, which differ from country to country. In New Zealand, we observe four days of paid public holidays, which draw friends and families together and it is an occasion that is looked forward to and relished by everyone.
Indeed, the universality of Christmas has the power to unite peoples, races and cultures but its power and potential have not been recognized, leave alone exploited.
While Christians approach it with reverence and religiosity others view it as a time to indulge in celebrations where alcoholic drinks become an essential accompaniment to add zest to the celebrations. On balance, it is the power of the alcoholic drinks against the birth of Jesus Christ that tips the balance in its favour.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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