Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas 2008

CHRISTMAS comes but once a year. While this day induces excitement and wanton spending and merry-making, it must be a time to reflect on the man on whom this day is centered. This is our Lord Jesus Christ.

Although I do not intend to sermonize, those celebrating Christmas must reflect on the events that led to God allowing Jesus to come in the form of human flesh and dwell among us.

The ultimate purpose of his being born was to eventually bear the consequences of a sinful world and die on the cross to save humanity.

For those who may not know, when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God laid a plan of redemption and the ultimate sacrifice would be his only begotten son.

Even when he was born, Christ knew the cup he was to drink from and he endured all his suffering willingly knowing that at the end of it all, his mission of saving humanity would have been accomplished.

And so as we celebrate this day, we should celebrate God's redemptive powers and mercy that he showed to humanity when he allowed Jesus to be born and die for human beings who were otherwise destined for eternal death, because of sin.

Living for the moment leads to carelessness and impaired judgment as is seen with the increase in fatal road accidents, usually caused by drunken drivers and regrettable actions such as indulging in unsafe sex with its known consequences.

Let this Christmas be spent with family, reflecting and thanking God for having brought us this far when several of our family members and friends have gone.

Love and blessing be yours this day. Have a merry Christmas!

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