Christmas is universal: Celebrate this ‘joy of salvation’ with grace

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Christmas, perhaps, is the only joyful festival celebrated universally by children, young and old. Representational image.

Christmas, perhaps, is the only joyful festival celebrated universally by children, young and old. For some, it may be a religious service of Christians, in commemoration of the birth of Jesus. But it is being celebrated as the joy of salvation. Remember that “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Christmas messages, carols, decorations, epics, gifts and family celebrations are spellbound.

However, Christ Jesus is the core of Christmas. He is the eternal Son of God, born to this world. Bible proclaims the pre-existence of Jesus. While in the Old Testament Jesus appeared as the Angel of Jehovah, the New Testament reveals His incarnation as Son of God, to manifest God more fully. He had a divine and human nature united in one person and was free from any taint of sin.

The Bible says “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:7)

Redemption of mankind

God’s purpose of sending His Son Jesus Christ to this world as the Son of Man is to redeem the mankind from their sins. This blissful joy of salvation is being celebrated throughout the world during the Christmas season.

The Bible says, God, who is rich in mercy and great love has made us alive together with Christ Jesus. And the Almighty has raised us up and made us sit with Him in the heavenly places. So we are indebted to proclaim the exceeding treasures of His abundant grace, love and kindness to all His creation.

Jesus came to this world to give His life as a ransom to free the human beings from their sins. But His resurrection from the dead was the Father’s attestation to the truth of all the claims Christ has made about Himself.

The names, titles and offices attributed to Jesus are apt for His virtues.

The Promised Messiah

Christ Jesus is the Anointed One – the Promised Messiah. Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of Man and the Son of God, showing the uniqueness of relationship with God.

As God and the Lord, Jesus manifests His sovereignty over everything. The reason and mission for the coming of Jesus into this world suggests Him as the Saviour. Jesus is referred as the Lamb of God, who sacrificed Himself on the cross of Calvary. But today He is interceding for us as the High Priest and the Mediator between God and man.

The Character of Christ Jesus was exposed in His practical life, while He was on His earthly mission. His compassion towards the mankind is beyond comparison. He clothed Himself with utmost humility. Yet, He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Crowned with eternal glory and honour, His sinless character is beyond doubt and exemplary.

Transformation of sinner

Jesus’ profound influence has transformed human beings from their unrighteousness and evil characters, by a new set of values. Through faith in Jesus mankind is redeemed from their sins. Teaching about dignity of human life and status of women, He influenced multitudes about the importance of social service.

Jesus has been a social reformer, loyal citizen, compassionate friend, visionary and above all a redeemer.

Even before His birth prophets foretold that “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:7)

Names like Yahweh, Adonai (Lord) Jehovah-ropheka (Jehovah that health thee), Jehovah-mequddeshkem (Jehovah who sanctifies you), Jehovah-Elyon (Jehovah Most High) and Jehovah-roi (my Shepherd). Jehovah-Jireh (the provider) Jehovah-Nissi (my banner) and Jehovah-Shalom (peace) and Jehovah-Shammah (Jehovah is there) were also attributed to Jesus.

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