Monday, December 10, 2007

Wise-men still seek him today!

“…Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2 NLT 2004 [italics and emphasis mine]

Some sects/people don’t celebrate Christmas as they don’t believe that Jesus was ‘actually’ born on December 25th and the fact that Christmas as a holiday its origin is pagan. May 23rd and Sept 19th are popular amongst the non-conformist. As for me and my house, we ‘choose’ to celebrate this day not because Jesus was actually born on this date, but as a celebration of ‘God with us’ living amongst us, who once became us to save us.

Amongst all this confusion, we have forgotten why we celebrate the birth of Jesus. To most westerners (Africa and other Developing countries not far behind), Christmas is a commercial holiday-buying and selling products festively. Jesus is no longer at the centre of HIS CELEBRATION, what a shame. Like the ‘wise guys’ in the scripture above, wise men/women will strive to seek Jesus and why the son of God humbled himself to become human. Celebration of His birth has no meaning if we loose sight of His mission as He humbled himself even unto to death.

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