Christmas: It’s Essence and Peculiarity

Christmas: It’s Essence and Peculiarity

This is the time of the year when Families, friends, lovers, children, brothers and sisters come together to once again celebrate the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.

I will like appreciate everyone I have come across over the past years, I truly and genuinely value and cherish our friendship. You guys are amazing. I will like to use this medium to send my heartfelt love and greetings to my friends, my local and international football community, the beloved clients, and the respectable coaches I have worked with. I feel so blessed to have you all.

Often a times, many People perceive Christmas to be primarily a time of physical consumption, satisfaction of the physical body, feeding our bodies with much food and other material goods. I wish this will also be a season where we greatly need spiritual consumption, a desire to feed our souls with the Word of God and a desire to know the purpose of Christ’s birth.

With a reflection of this in mind, here is one of my favorite Christmas verses:

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

There is a spiritual gift of immeasurable value because Jesus Christ left the heaven to abide with us.

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ accords us three most vital things as believers. Forgiveness of our sins, rescue from the wrath of God, and reconciliation with the Father. This is a free gift only possible because He was willing to come into our sinful world.

Forgiveness of Our Sins:

The coming of Jesus Christ into the World has one and singular purpose of the forgiveness of sins. Zechariah prophesied that his son John the Baptizer would “go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God” (Luke 1:76-77).

What does forgiveness mean? To forgive means to cancel a debt. Our sins has made us great debtors, a debt we can’t pay back with our own strength. This is why Jesus taught us to ask God to “Forgive us our debts” (Matthew 6:12). God the Father forgives our sins with the mediation from His son Jesus Christ who died for the sake of mankind. Anyone who believe in Jesus as their Debt Payer, sufficient payment is made on their behalf and the books of heaven now proclaim “Paid in Full.” Glory to God in the highest for this act of tender mercy!

 

Rescue from the Wrath of God:

Joseph, the bethroded husband to Mary, after learning that Mary was pregnant (and knowing that he was not the father), He gave serious consideration to divorcing his bride-to-be. But God the All-mightyful intervened and spoke to him through the instrumentally of an angel who said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home 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 give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21).

The name “Jesus” means, literally, “the Lord saves/rescues/delivers.” The great apostle John, a dear lover of Jesus wrote that “The Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14). He also pointed out that Jesus is the only one who can save us from our sins.

Our repeated violations of God’s law have put us in a most perilous predicament: God’s standards for holiness has no compromise. By his standards, we have all fallen short and are found wanting in the scale of God. In the courtroom of heaven we are guilty as charged, and the sentence has already been announced: “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

This is the ultimate end of the unbelieving sinner. God in his infinite mercy and grace provide a way out, Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world. He took our place; He did our time; He paid our fine. And because of His death, those who trust only in Christ for salvation are miraculously delivered from the fire of hell. “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

Reconciliation with the Father:

Our relationship with God has been in a malfunctioned state from Day One. We are born in sin, separated from God since the moment we were conceived. This has made us filthy and unworthy of God’s presence. We are in desperate need of reconciliation. But how can reconciliation occur without a mediator.

Who is worthy for such a task? Only Jesus! As the scriptures say “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people” (1 Timothy 2:5). The death of Christ is the basis for Christmas. ” He pays the price that sets us free from bondage to sin and all its devastating consequences in both this life and the next.

The Apostle Paul has a perfect explanation of reconciliation: “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation” (Romans 5:10-11).

The dead of Jesus Christ has made us sons of God. We can come into His presence, clothed in the righteousness of Christ. We have unlimited access to our Maker, who reigns from the throne of grace, because Jesus “suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

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This is the time of the year when Families, friends, lovers, children, brothers and sisters come together to once again celebrate the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.

I will like appreciate everyone I have come across over the past years, I truly and genuinely value and cherish our friendship. You guys are amazing. I will like to use this medium to send my heartfelt love and greetings to my friends, my local and international football community, the beloved clients, and the respectable coaches I have worked with. I feel so blessed to have you all.

Often a times, many People perceive Christmas to be primarily a time of physical consumption, satisfaction of the physical body, feeding our bodies with much food and other material goods. I wish this will also be a season where we greatly need spiritual consumption, a desire to feed our souls with the Word of God and a desire to know the purpose of Christ’s birth.

With a reflection of this in mind, here is one of my favorite Christmas verses:

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

There is a spiritual gift of immeasurable value because Jesus Christ left the heaven to abide with us.

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ accords us three most vital things as believers. Forgiveness of our sins, rescue from the wrath of God, and reconciliation with the Father. This is a free gift only possible because He was willing to come into our sinful world.

Forgiveness of Our Sins:

The coming of Jesus Christ into the World has one and singular purpose of the forgiveness of sins. Zechariah prophesied that his son John the Baptizer would “go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God” (Luke 1:76-77).

What does forgiveness mean? To forgive means to cancel a debt. Our sins has made us great debtors, a debt we can’t pay back with our own strength. This is why Jesus taught us to ask God to “Forgive us our debts” (Matthew 6:12). God the Father forgives our sins with the mediation from His son Jesus Christ who died for the sake of mankind. Anyone who believe in Jesus as their Debt Payer, sufficient payment is made on their behalf and the books of heaven now proclaim “Paid in Full.” Glory to God in the highest for this act of tender mercy!

 

Rescue from the Wrath of God:

Joseph, the bethroded husband to Mary, after learning that Mary was pregnant (and knowing that he was not the father), He gave serious consideration to divorcing his bride-to-be. But God the All-mightyful intervened and spoke to him through the instrumentally of an angel who said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home 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 give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21).

The name “Jesus” means, literally, “the Lord saves/rescues/delivers.” The great apostle John, a dear lover of Jesus wrote that “The Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14). He also pointed out that Jesus is the only one who can save us from our sins.

Our repeated violations of God’s law have put us in a most perilous predicament: God’s standards for holiness has no compromise. By his standards, we have all fallen short and are found wanting in the scale of God. In the courtroom of heaven we are guilty as charged, and the sentence has already been announced: “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

This is the ultimate end of the unbelieving sinner. God in his infinite mercy and grace provide a way out, Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world. He took our place; He did our time; He paid our fine. And because of His death, those who trust only in Christ for salvation are miraculously delivered from the fire of hell. “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

Reconciliation with the Father:

Our relationship with God has been in a malfunctioned state from Day One. We are born in sin, separated from God since the moment we were conceived. This has made us filthy and unworthy of God’s presence. We are in desperate need of reconciliation. But how can reconciliation occur without a mediator.

Who is worthy for such a task? Only Jesus! As the scriptures say “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people” (1 Timothy 2:5). The death of Christ is the basis for Christmas. ” He pays the price that sets us free from bondage to sin and all its devastating consequences in both this life and the next.

The Apostle Paul has a perfect explanation of reconciliation: “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation” (Romans 5:10-11).

The dead of Jesus Christ has made us sons of God. We can come into His presence, clothed in the righteousness of Christ. We have unlimited access to our Maker, who reigns from the throne of grace, because Jesus “suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

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