“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14, Mathew 1:23).
I hereby extend my Christmas wishes to you, the member of the ‘Antantulla Appam’ family, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. May the Lord’s grace and presence be with you as you celebrate the Christmas along with your family and relatives! May God bless, exalt and glorify you!
“Christmas” is not Christ’s birthday. It is a day which reminds the birth of Jesus. “He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord” (Romans 14:6). The birth of Jesus Christ in this world is an unforgettable one. But no one is able to affirm the exact day of His birth. So, our forefathers have fixed the 25th December to suit all. Here the love of God the Father is revealed. Virgin Mary became pregnant through the Holy Spirit. So there is an important part for Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
But for some, it is a day of gluttony and drunkenness. It is in these days wherein most of the accidents occur. In some families, people become borrowers by lavishly spending money in buying clothes for newly wedded couples, buying jewels, buying gifts for the relatives and so on. “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).
Messiah who was awaited for four thousand years after Adam (Genesis 3:15) descended to earth. The Word became flesh. Not only that. Christ who was Word willed to dwell with us filled with grace and truth. Christmas becomes meaningful when we rejoice and say “Jesus was born for me. He dwells in me like a hope of glory. He has taken birth in my heart and so there has been a renaissance in my life.” “And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
He is Messiah. He is Christ. He is Immanuel. In the Scripture, 272 names have been given to God. In every name, we notice His characteristic and nature. All His Names are promises for us. Those names bring comfort, consolation and blessings to us.
Of all the promises, the foremost one is that God is with us. “So I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). Dear children of God, you are blessed to have Immanuel as your Redeemer. In this thought feel happy and rejoice.
To meditate: “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Mathew 28:20).