Only last Tuesday December 25 we celebrated the essence of the birth of the only begotten Son of God, Jesus who came to humanity to show us who and what the unseen God is like. For millions around the world, that day is probably out of memory until another 365 days when we would celebrate again. This last Sunday of the year 2018, we feel inspired to admonish and encourage us , especially those of us who have a personal relationship with our living Savior, to learn to celebrate Him and His essence through our life everyday. His coming into the world and purpose thereof transforms us into a new being designed to be increasingly like Him. He is our ever present God, our Immanuel who lives inside us by and through His Holy Spirit as our enabler and source of empowerment to display the Godly attributes He has planted in us. The Bible describes our God as the epitome of love (1John 4:7) and Jesus commanded us thus: “ A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you do love another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (John 14:34-35). Our sinful world is in desperate need of the kind of love with which God in Christ Jesus loves us! The message of John 3:16 and Romans 5:8 is that Jesus loved all sinners with the sacrificial purpose of dying for us so we could be redeemed back to God.
Other attributes of God in Christ Jesus include compassion, grace and mercy, reconciliation, joy and peace, loving forgiveness and sharing, all of which you and I are to daily display in our fellow human beings. At Christmas, the Bible describes Jesus, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:4-5).Following the healing of the blind man, Jesus affirmed that “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). And in 8:12, He said, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. Many people around us are lost and in darkness and looking for a purposeful and meaningful direction to a good life. You and I, young and old, students and career professionals are called to be the light of the world so that God’s glory will shine through us (Matthew 5:16). Yes our life must be Christmas daily representing Jesus to the lost world. Dr. Johnson Omoni