One cannot help noticing the atmosphere of Christmas while driving down the street or walking through super markets these days. Yes, the season of Christmas is upon us again!
Regardless of having a particular faith or no faith at all, many people share and enjoy the joyful atmosphere of Christmas this time of the year. Christmas is the celebration of the coming of God among us as a human person in Jesus Christ.
The people of God in the Old Testament wait for the coming of the Messiah for many years hoping that He will deliver them from their weaknesses and struggles. Their hope was fulfilled!
As promised, Jesus Christ the Son of God came into humanity over two thousand years ago to teach the people of God to live a life that pleases God. He came to lead us back to God with the message “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” [Luke 4: 18 & 19]
A very catchy word that associated in the days leading up to Christmas is HOPE. This word is relevant to Christian life because Christians are the people of hope. Christians hope for a better future in Jesus Christ and through Jesus Christ. Christians may have experienced problems,difficulties and suffering. Yet, having faith in Jesus Christ, problems are solvable, difficulties acceptable and sufferings bearable.
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day, let us bring ourselves back to God to be with Him, and Him?with?us [Emmanuel]. God will deliver us from our problems and sufferings. The only thing we need to do is to accept Him in hope. And as a result, this hope will bring us joy.
I pray that the coming of Jesus among us bring hope and joy to you and your loved ones at this Christmas and the New Year to come.
May the blessings of the Child Jesus be with you all!