“Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ”Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, “God with us” (Matthew 1:22-23).
This historic event orchestrated by God into our human experience over 2000 years ago has since become the most delightful joyous and exciting period of each year until now and into the future. We celebrate Christmas in commemoration of the special Child conceived of the Holy Spirit, the Son of God who was to be the Messiah who would be the Savior of the world. The power of sin and Satan over humanity is aggravating and we are helpless to save and deliver ourselves. It is this God’s Son born out of His unconditional love who was to be the perfect sacrifice pleasing to God, the Father.
The aura of Jesus’ birth is so powerful that the whole world cannot but celebrate the wonderful act of God Almighty irrespective of our age, gender, nationality or socio-economic status. There is something about this season of the year that makes most people happy and joyful, loving and wanting to be loved as well experiencing the spirit of giving and sharing. It is about most period of the year that humanity feels in torch with one another, a time of family remembrance and gathering together celebrating life. It must be noted, however in this period of the year some people feel isolated, and depressed. Examples are the ones who may have lost their loved ones during the year or suffered catastrophic incidents of one sort or the other over which they are yet to recover. Of course, there are also those around us who are yet to know the true joy and freedom of salvation that baby Jesus has come to offer them. Among such are those who think all there is to life is just acquiring money, education, material things and worldly pursuit of pleasure without eternity in view. We must be reminded that such a life lacks real purpose, the kind of abundant life that Jesus Christ came to offer humanity. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). So, as you and I celebrate the gift and love of God in excitement, we must remember those who are yet to experience the joy of the Lord in Christ and share the good news of God’s love with them. It is the will of God that no one perished, but that all come to His saving knowledge (John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:3-4) Dr. Johnson Omoni.