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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
What is Christmas?
Most of us were probably born in the 1980s and all we know
about Christmas is so much influenced by the Western culture. When we hear the
word ‘Christmas’, we will immediately think about Christmas tree, Santa Claus,
presents, snowy environment, etc. Do we actually know what Christmas really
means? I hope this short writing will answer this question. Let us think about
the following points:
is Christmas originated?
Christmas is indeed celebrated by the
Christians as the day when Jesus Christ was born
The exact time for Christmas day was not
known, but for sure it was not snowy and cold at that time as Jesus was born in
the Middle East. J
The date 25 December was taken from a Roman
festival called Saturnalia, which completely had nothing to do with Christianity
as it was a pagan celebration. The date was chosen to be the Christmas Day
after a lot of pagans converted into Christianity in the 4th century
Christmas is celebrated by the Christians?
The Christians celebrate Christmas to
remember the time when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came down to earth and
became flesh; he is the ‘Second Person’ of God the Trinity (three persons in
one person) and so he is God himself.
Jesus Christ’s being crucified on the cross
was to appease God’s wrath towards the sins of mankind; we believe that the
true God should be just and consistent; on the other hand, God is also love and
loving, so he doesn’t want to just go ahead and punish his creation; this way, God
should find a way to help humans but not to go against his own character of
being just. What
is that Jesus Christ was trying to do?
Humans have been sinful since Adam and Eve
committed the first sin, which is not merely about eating fruit, but also more
about going against God, who created them; the most evident thing to observe is
that everyone cannot escape, even from the simplest sin, namely the sins of
heart, e.g. hating other people, thinking badly about others, etc.
Jesus Christ, as the Second Person of the
Trinity, being God himself, conceded his rights to be obedient to God the
father, the First Person of the Trinity, out of love to die on the cross and
appease God’s wrath.
Whoever believes in Jesus Christ and his
sacrificial deed will be made peace with God; the manifestation of this
restored relationship would be eternal life; after this physical death, those
believers will be together with God forever and ever. What
is the effect for us?
The greatest pain and joy are not heaven
and hell; heaven and hell are not places but conditions; hell means God-men relationship
is broken forever, but heaven means God-men relationship is restored and kept
Is it not wonderful to have our relationship
with God restored back completely? J
If you were an electrical lamp, what would be better for you than to be connected
to the electrical source. So, when you think about Christmas, think about
Christ that was born to restore that God-men relationship. Would you believe in
him? Only you can answer this, but I just want to wish you Merry Christmas! J God be with you and I
hope you will know him personally.