Joy­ful Christ­mas

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

Be­fore we get lost with the hap­pi­ness of the hol­i­days, let us sa­vor the joy that Christ­mas brings.

Joy — be­cause Christ­mas is about love. We love be­cause God loved us first (1 John 4:19). “For God so loved the world that he gave his only be­got­ten Son, that whoso­ever be­lieves in him shall not per­ish but have eter­nal life” (John 3:16). At Christ­mas we re­mem­ber that great love of our lov­ing Fa­ther who gave us what counts most to his heart— our Lord Je­sus Christ — to suf­fer and die for our sal­va­tion.

Joy — be­cause Christ­mas is about re­demp­tion. No amount of per­sonal sac­ri­fice could ever re­move our sins. No amount of good works could ever in­debt God to grant us sal­va­tion. Only by the blood of the Lamb was man rec­on­ciled to God, and on that first Christ­mas, the Lamb was born at last.

Joy — be­cause Christ­mas is about God’s faith­ful­ness. God’s prom­ise to send the world a Sav­ior as fore­told by the prophets of the Old Tes­ta­ment and as an­nounced by John the Bap­tist found ful­fill­ment in Christ­mas. Truly, none of God’s prom­ises ever failed; ev­ery­thing came to fruition. And just as he was faith­ful in the past, so will he be now and for­ever.

Joy — be­cause is Christ­mas is about hu­mil­ity. By be­ing born as a hu­man per­son, God shared our hu­man­ity. Je­sus be­came like us in ev­ery­thing ex­cept sin. God, the Cre­ator, be­came a part of his cre­ation — born as a help­less babe in a manger, per­se­cuted even as a child, and grow­ing in wis­dom and strength un­der the care of his own hu­man fam­ily.

Joy — be­cause Christ­mas is about hope. The hope for Christ’s first com­ing at Christ­mas has now been fol­lowed by the hope for his sec­ond com­ing at the end of time. The peo­ple of long ago have long waited for the birth of the Sav­ior; now, we wait for the re­turn of our mighty King. Soon we will stand be­fore him to re­ceive our eter­nal sen­tence, ei­ther to be united with him for­ever in heaven or to be sep­a­rated from him for­ever in hell. Only in him does our hope for eter­nal joy and peace rests.

As we ex­change gifts this Christ­mas, may we then not for­get the great­est gift of all — Christ, the cause of our joy. Have a joy­ful Christ­mas… Hosanna in ex­cel­sisDeo.

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