Dec 24

It just so happens that right before Christmas I decided to fast and start a new bible reading plan that ended the Gospels right on Christmas Eve! And I must say, this Christmas has been a very deeply meaningful one for me..

Lets get it clear, I did get more presents than I’ve ever had before and so yay! BUT nothing of that made it why it was so meaningful to me.

So I’ll start by asking, do you know why is it MERRY Christmas?

Merry – characterized by festivity and enjoyment

So what so festive and enjoyable about Christmas? The presents, the gifts, the decorations, Santa or the limited edition cards/discounts/bonus, etc etc?

The cheesy (but entirely true) answer is that it is festive and enjoyable because we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus, whom we Christians believe to be God.

Mary Do You Know –
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you
Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God
Mary did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know
The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am
Mary did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know

As I read through the Gospels (Book of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John), I realised one big thing, God came down to be with us and save us, but MANY didn’t know who He is and MANY wouldn’t believe Him. That’s it, that’s the big truth. Even Mary, didn’t know who her boy would turn out to be.. In fact, no one realised that their Savior was born.. (except a few that God had revealed to them)

And you know what? Many even came against Him, ridiculed Him, called Him all sorts of names, say He is crazy etc etc, but yet He never stopped doing what He needed to do-love the lost, healed the sick, set oppressed free, and taught the Word.

God, literally, literally, loved people like crazy, and people couldn’t stand Him. What sort of world is that? God, came in human likeness, into such a dark world, and many, DID NOT know Him.

Yet, His name is also called Emmanuel, which means God with us. God wanted to be with us, and Him coming down in human form as a baby, would have been God’s greatest joy and pleasure, to be among those he created and enjoyed their fellowship, but man oh man, many rejected Him. Our INFINITE God, chose to come down as an INFANT.

What would I have done, what would you have done, if we were there then? To realise that Jesus is God and that He is our Saviour, or just like the rest, see him as troublemaker? Can you imagine, Jesus came with a task, and He kept to it every detail of the way and followed exactly what His Father wanted, and the very people called His own, wouldn’t believe Him.

But praise be to God, Jesus kept going and even in the toughest hour, He said to His Father “let thy will be done”, He laid down His life for us as that atoning sacrifice, once and for all, that if you and I believe in Him, we too, will be saved from eternal condemnation. And trust me, whatever you are searching for, once you have the Son (Jesus), you have it all, cause He is all you need.

MERRY Christmas. I have reason to celebrate. Cause my God, born into a dark world, still chose to come, reveal Himself, and save us all. That’s reason to celebrate, and never for a second take lightly what His birth meant to the course of history.

Have a Merry Christmas, its more than just the presents and festivity, remember, that there is Jesus.

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