Lesson (special edition)
Christmas ... a celebration



What is Christmas ? And what does Christmas mean ? By and large most of today's children view this time of year as a great opportunity to receive gifts and to visit relatives who will shower them with more gifts and sumptuous tables prepared with every immaginable feast item. And although these are pleasant happenings, what have they to do with Christmas ?

The very word contains it true meaning. Christ and mass. As all Roman Catholics and some others know, the word "mass" signifies "celebration", and so Christmas or Christ's mass is in reality the Celebration of Christ." For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."(Isa 9:6)

The bearing of gifts is in rememberance of three wealthy nomads who saw a star and through their ability to interpret the astological marvel they eventually found Jesus when He was about two years old and showered Him with precious gifts. What is not commonly known is that these ointments and jewels made it possible for Mary, Joseph and Jesus to subsequently flee to Egypt while the King went on a tyrannical rage and slaughtered all the children in a fit of jealousy. The gifts of the "wise men" were God's provision for His children in time of need.

Christ's mass, or the Celebration of Christ, is quite a holiday in many parts of the world. Perhaps we should categorise that Holy day, which is the way it was originally coined. So the Celebration of Christ is held as an Holy day by multitudes around the world. Unfortunately, unlike Ramadan or other "holy days" that are revered by their believers, Christmas has come to represent nothing more than a commercial venture bordering on blasphemy of what can honestly be one of the most significant events that the world has ever witnessed. Without the birth of Christ, we would all still be held under the strict and merciless Mosaic code which is impossible to keep for any man. We would not know the glory of Salvation and the beauty of eternal life, the enlightening leading of the Holy Spirit, the intimate love of God which causes us to want to be kind and considerate to our fellow man. None of this would be possible without Christ.

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."(Lk 2:10-11) Now THAT is something worth celebrating ! Not by burdening yourself and your family with a bunch of material purchases which they probably don't need anyway, but in doing what Jesus said to do,"Lovest thou me? Feed my lambs." (Jn 21:15-17) This is how you celebrate Jesus, by caring and loving one another. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."(Jn 13:35)

When you get together with your family and loved ones over whatever meal you've been able to prepare, be it luxurious or simple, wouldn't it be a good way to start this fellowship by praying together and thanking the One that has made it all possible? And then, using that experience to help motivate you into elaborating the love of God in everything you do. Make it a true C - E- L - E - B - R - A - T - I - O - N ! Not just for one day in the year, or one day per week, but E - V - E - R - Y - D - A - Y ! Let's make celebrating Christ a daily part of our lives, and the lives of our children who need to be taught the value of love, prayer, forgiveness and God; they know plenty about materialism and how to think of just themselves already. Let's teach them through example how to make every day Christmas, Christ's mass, the celebration of Salvation !

"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."(Jude 1:21)

"Peace on Earth will come to stay, when we learn to live Christmas everyday" !

May God bless you with His Love, Peace and Truth.



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