EDITORS DESK – December 2023

“..the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son,

and shall call His name Immanuel which is translated

“God with us

(Isaiah 7:14 & Matt1:23)

 

Churches all over the world will read or display the above scripture this month as a joyful reminder of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

From the beginning of the Bible we see God revealing His presence to His people. That shows God’s desire to dwell with us and protect us from all harm. And then the sin of man separated him from God. God loves us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of sin so that we who believe in Him can be with Him forever (John 3:16).

 

The above verse obviously confirms that God is with us through His Son Jesus Christ. While the world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ on an assumed date, we know that God has once again fulfilled His promised presence with us by coming to live with us through His Son Jesus Christ. John 1:1 says the Word was God and John 1:14 says “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..”. Jesus is God incarnate and through Him God came to live in us. (Philip 2:6-7) to save His people from their sins. (2Cor5:19) “that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world

to Himself..”. Hence the reason we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ is not because we were born as Christians nor for the fact that Christ brought Christianity into this world. The birth of Jesus Christ was for our redemption from hell and to be reconciled with God during our life so we could live with Him in Eternity. When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we confess and repent of all our sins and God remembers them no more because we are made His child forever. Our baptism reflects that we believe in the resurrection of Jesus and His victory over death and all dead situations in our life.

 

God is faithful to keep His promise with us through Jesus Christ as mentioned in Matt 28:20 that He is with us until the end of time. Believe that Jesus Christ ie God is with us today and forever.

 

Therefore let us rejoice in the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ everyday of our life because through Jesus our relationship with God our Father has been restored. He is the joy of our salvation so with praise and thanksgiving to God for His presence with us we celebrate the birth of His Son Jesus Christ every day.

 

2 Cor6:2 “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Sr. Beena Kurian