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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

And So This Is CHRISTmas...

It's nearly Christmas and almost everybody seems to be verry busy in preparation and enjoyment of glittering decors, new clothes, expensive material presents, blissful celebrations and so on. Christmas is in the air! Too many parties and get togethers are there! For some, this is the time to double or even triple their money in terms of profits and investments. Loyal consumers and buyers enjoy the opportunity of obtaining gifts, gifts and more gifts from suppliers (who doesn't want it anyway?) Caroling songs were played most of the time. Malls are very crowded and stocks of toys for young and old alike seems not enough. Christmas is turned into a buying fest in many places. Commersialism at its best. It's a breakout of spree visible in different activities, whether in shopping, drinking, eating, gaining and more. Enchanting shows announce and publicize everyday. Christmas Trees with bright, blinking and glowing lights visible in almost everycorner. Smiles are present from faces of many people who seem to be soo extra nice to everyone. (trying at least! Hmmn..., I hope not only for the gifts) One can be enticed to display things extravagantly for this merry season.

Religions (too many of them nowadays) traditionally celebrate this season by pointing us to the charming story of the Baby. And I love that story!, a Baby known to be King of kings and Lord of lords but was denied of a decent room..., was born in a manger....and with the animals. Luxury this season? Think again. Quite an example shown here against world standards. Knowing the story somehow make us sentimental. But sadly, many people just stop there. The great story of the Savior is just reduced to a baby story this season and unfortunately some even invented a Santa Claus story of gift giving to replace it. The genuine changes that comes with the Savior's life message is rarely seen and felt from an individual who celebrates the virgin birth. Perhaps..., because we just celebrate a part of His story in our lives or we are too pre-occupied with the blissfullness of the celebration that we forget the greatness of the Celebrant, who by the way did not remain a baby in the manger. He grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom. His life became the most powerfull people converter and healer. History is His story! A true story of life that can guide and strengthen everyone to go through the tears, heaviness and trickery in this world. His words are like double edged sword that can devide soul and spirit. He taught, touched and comforted many who approached Him. With all His humility and kindness, people still made Him suffer agonizingly and humiliated till death, Yes! He died too, a very painful and shameful death on the cross designed for hardened criminals. Lest we forget, He has a choice to skip that but instead, willingly uttered the words "Not my will but thy will be done." and submitted Himself to the punishment for sinners, yet knew no sin, to completely manifest and show the true meaning of His unconditional love. And that everyone could possibly understand that Christmas is not about gifts from fat, white bearded man nor having that external gliterring decors on a tree and in our house nor new gadgets to brag about. It's far more than serving one's senses. It goes beyond that....because this is the time when the all powerful and holy Creator reach out his sinless hand to the sinful creatures like us, by offering the very life of His dear Son. This is the begining of that great sacrifice! This is the most remarkable moment in history where the One who is larger than the universe became a microscopic embryo, the omnipotent instantly became flesh and blood, left His deity in heaven and choosed to become a person, with same range of feelings and weaknesses just as we are..., yet wasn't tempted, yet lived obediently and yet sinless throughout his life. He was offered for the payment of debt He did not owe. He did it with great compassion to provide those who will accept Him as Lord and Savior...forgiveness and liberty from the clout of sin. (sounds lent huh?) This is what Christians celebrate, not the baby part story only but the complete revelation of His goodness in its truest meaning. The fullness of joy knowing that Christ, the author and finisher of faith, has conquered death. Oh yes! He lives and claimed victory to be shared for those who would receive Him. So let Him occupy that special room in our heart now! And keep Him there everyday to fill it up so that Christmas maybe felt and enjoyed by ourselves and other people as well for the whole year round. For we can only celebrate meaningfully, and be able to truly give love on Christmas day if we are immensely full of Him.

It is only as we see the birth of Jesus in light of His crucifxion and resurrection that we are able to grasp the full meaning of Christ coming. Friends and beloved! THIS IS CHRISTMAS!! Let us celebrate the season with a new and deeper perspective, along with our new life in Christ!

Have a Christ-centered Christmas everyone! LOVE and PEACE!


Verse-Meal
Jonh 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

16 Comments:

At 4:09 PM, December 20, 2005, Blogger Mmy-Lei said...

Happy Christmas!!!

Wishing u and ur family a joyous Christmas.

 
At 5:18 PM, December 20, 2005, Anonymous myepinoy said...

Merry Christmas. May God Bless you always.

 
At 10:15 AM, December 21, 2005, Blogger racky said...

Frohe Weihnachten brader flexj.

...und ein gutes Jahr 2006!!!

 
At 4:45 AM, December 22, 2005, Blogger Ka Uro said...

merry christmas to you too flex!

 
At 7:06 AM, December 22, 2005, Blogger Wendy said...

I love your piece... great, really!

Merry Christmas Felix J!

 
At 12:45 PM, December 22, 2005, Blogger Airwind said...

i love reading your entries... Happy christmas to yah... :)

 
At 12:53 PM, December 22, 2005, Blogger atoy said...

Wishing you a CHRISTmas with its true meaning CHRIST! Hope we accept Him as our Savior and Redeemer.
Aanhin mo ang mamahaling aginaldo,
kung wala naman sa puso mo,
Si Kristo.

 
At 1:07 PM, December 22, 2005, Blogger Flex J! said...

Merry Christmas to all!!!!

Let Christ dwell in our hearts everyday!!

 
At 4:58 PM, December 22, 2005, Blogger Prayer Warrior said...

Thanks Flex. Merry Christmas to you too! Have a wonderful week.

God bless!

 
At 5:02 PM, December 22, 2005, Blogger Prayer Warrior said...

Btw, I bought a CD called King of Glory, Sang by a local group in Philippines. They are really great! Cheers!

 
At 4:10 PM, December 23, 2005, Anonymous Major Tom said...

It's true Flex J, this season must be celebrated in a way that we can emulate the love of Christ, by not just receiving gifts or thru merriments but also by learning the loving ways of Our Lord.

 
At 8:48 AM, December 26, 2005, Anonymous malaya said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS! :)

 
At 3:52 PM, December 27, 2005, Blogger bing said...

Though this seems to be late - MERRY CHRISTMAS pa rin! with Jesus as the reason for the celebration!

 
At 1:31 AM, December 28, 2005, Blogger KiwiNoy said...

merry christmas and have a blessed new year!!!

 
At 9:26 AM, January 01, 2006, Blogger KaDyo said...

fafa isang pagbati mula dito sa lugar na mainit ngunit malamig na ngayon hehe, isang masagana, mapayapa, fruitful at blessed year para sa iyo at sa buong pamilya mo, nawa ay patuloy ka nyang iingatan saan ka man magpunta. God Bless my friend

 
At 12:16 AM, January 02, 2006, Blogger Teachernorms said...

Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year to you and your family. All the best in 2006.

 

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