This is the time of the year when people all over the world celebrate Christmas to commemorate the advent of Jesus Christ. He was the Messiah promised by the prophets. He was the ruler of His people whose name was the Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). He was Immanuel, the God who came and dwelt among the people; the One who left the heavenly abode and the divine glory for a while to become a man – to proclaim the kingdom of God, to experience the suffering common to humankind, to show how a man should live and to offer His body as a perfect sacrifice and thus open a way for all people’s salvation if they would believe in Him and receive Him in their lives. Thus Jesus was unique in many ways and the New Testament of the Bible gives us His life story which has been attested to by secular historians.
Over the last twenty centuries crores of people – people of all regions of the world, various cultures, social standing and educational levels – have believed in Him. Looking at His life and impact it is only natural to rejoice in His coming and commemorate and celebrate Christmas. Unfortunately, what happens in the celebrations does not reflect His lifestyle, propagate His teachings or promote His mission. If you truly love and honour Jesus, use this opportunity to examine His philosophy and principles and obey His commands. The most important thing is to believe in Him and receive Him. “…To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”
(John 1:12). The best way to celebrate Christmas is to become a child of God and decide to live as one.