“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel”. (Isaiah 7:14).

The birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is such a miraculous event that it is worth remembering.
The essence of the celebration is to acknowledge and honour the birthday of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It is written in Matt 1:21, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins”.

This was the purpose of his birth. He was born to die for our sins.
How many people truly realize and understand this? It is hard to tell.
Even some who profess to be Christians find it difficult to comprehend.
The Holy Spirit is our Great teacher, he will bring every thing to light if we ask him.
Christmas is one celebration that I see so many people celebrating both Christians and non Christians, both those who believe in Jesus Christ and those who do not believe.
I have seen some people start as early as September to prepare for Christmas.

Unfortunately Christmas season has been turned into a money making period for some rather than a time of reflection and soul searching.
Prices of things are increased exorbitantly in different parts of the world during this season.
This ought not to be so.

Trees are being sold as Christmas trees.
I often wonder what Christmas tree has to do with the birth of Jesus Christ, it is the same commercialization of the season.
Alcohol is sold and consumed in excess during this season, in the name of Christmas, yet people do not understand the meaning of what they are celebrating because if they do they won’t go over board with their partying.
Year after year, road fatalities increase at this time of the year.
Is it really what Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior would want for his birthday?
I personally have no problem with celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, after all I love celebrating my own birthday.

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the important thing is to know who Jesus Christ is and why he left his throne and majesty in heaven and took the form of a baby to be born in a manger.

He could have chosen to be born into a wealthy family who count their money in millions or billions but he chose an innocent humble virgin, and to be born in a manger.

Jesus continues to teach us that worldly riches and possessions will not get us into heaven but rather love for the father above all things and our neighbors as ourselves.

Let us refocus this season and celebration on the actual reason for the season, Jesus Christ and his message of salvation unto us.
Remember he is no longer a little baby in a manger but our resurrected Saviour.

He said in John 14:2‭-‬4, that he has gone to prepare a place for us….
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know”.
What a great promise from our great Saviour worth looking forward to.

This year’s Christmas has come at a very difficult time for most families.
There has been mourning in different homes over the loss of loved ones either due to COVID-19, accidents, natural disaster, war or natural causes.
We remember those mourning at this time and pray that they will receive comfort and consolation and be strengthened in Jesus mighty name.

Jesus Christ is the sole reason for the season. He came to offer himself freely for our salvation, healing and deliverance because of the love he has for the Father and for us. Seek him sincerely, worship him in spirit and in truth. God bless you. Shalom!