Celebrating A Full Christmas

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by Samuel Geroy

    Modern scholars agree that the Lord Jesus Christ was born about 6 to 4 B.C. because Herod the Great who wanted to kill baby Jesus died in 4 B.C. More things about New Testament event are becoming clearer in our time. The Bible teaches that the divine and human are united in Christ (John 1:1, 14) and that in him the Word of God became flesh and lived among men. It is all because of his great love for man. Then the Lord grew up to a full manhood and died for our sins on the cross of Calvary. It was the greatest manifestation of love. The kind that is willing to die for the object one’s love. Only by this way can our sins be atoned and we will receive eternal life.

   All these give a wonderful meaning to the Lord’s birth, life and death.
   The story of his birth is a classic event that the whole world knows about- the birth of John who will prepare the way for him, the pregnancy of his mother Mary, the marriage and life of Joseph and Mary, visit of the shepherds, angel and magi from the east, dedication of the baby in the temple, and the prophecies of Simeon and Anna. Yet there are others who belittle its importance and his person. Then it leads us to the perfect love that is willing to pay whatever it costs for love, even to the death. Like a husband willing to give his live for his wife (Ephesians 5:28, 33), or a man for his beloved (Song of Songs 8:6) or a mother for her children (2 Samuel 21:1-14; Isaiah 49:15). God’s love for us is very great (Psalm 89:1; Isaiah 54:1; Jeremiah 31:3).
    Best of all is the lesson that true love never dies. This Christmas story extends beyond the Lord’s childhood. It tells of his whole life- gathering and teaching his disciples, ministering to people with all kinds of sickness, seeking and restoring the sinner, leading to his arrest, suffering, death on the cross, resurrection and ascension to heaven.
    All these complete the Christmas message: his birth, life, death, resurrection and coming again. As we believe all these and receive Him as our personal Savior and Lord, we go on to focus on knowing, believing, and serving Him today. Doing these lead us to higher levels of growth in our Christian life so that we can glorify Him more and accomplish His plan for our lives in full obedience and fruitfulness.

   This is the way to celebrate a full Christmas.