Exactly what this Christmas means to an employee and an ordinary person? According to my knowledge the date of birth of Christ is not recorded in the Bible. Across the Christians of all denominations we celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. My trusted religious uncle associated the celebration of Jesus birth with Epiphany, one of the earliest feasts of the Christian church observed. But other sources of literature report that Theophilus of Antioch (circa 171-183) was the first to identify December 25 as the birth date of Christ. Others say that Hippolytus (circa 170-236) was the first to claim that Jesus was born on December 25. Anyway the history of this special day is so much important to me as an employee grounded in the Christian values. To you an employee and employer really what does this day mean to you? This holiday it’s a period of Advent to myself. Advent is a period of spiritual preparation in which many Christians make themselves ready for the coming, or birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Many different variations and interpretations of Advent customs exist today, depending upon the denomination and the type of service being observed. It’s not my interest to debate the date and why Christmas is celebrated on the 25 of December.
John 3:16 is probably the best-known verse in the whole Bible. Martin Luther called it “the gospel in miniature.” The message of Christmas as it is expressed in John 3:16 is not merely that God is love or that God loved the world. It is not merely that you and I are objects of His love, as amazing as that is, all by itself. The heart of the message of Christmas is that God’s love for us – for undeserving, unworthy, unlovely sinners that we are – propelled Him to act. To give His only Son for us! Paul said it this way in Romans 5:8. The love of God for us is not passive, it is active. It is a giving love.
So I thank God that Christmas comes around once a year to remind us that
God isn't in the business of keeping books and tallying ledgers, nor is God
concerned about our status or position in life. If God were concerned about any of those things, then I submit to you that the Christ of God would never have been born into such disagreeable circumstances as we find in the second chapter of Luke this evening. True love accepts the beloved for who they really are; God chooses to love us precisely because we are subjects of the human condition... not because of a favourable bottom line on a social and moral profit and loss statement.
According to my little bible knowledge, Mary and Joseph had nothing to commend them save their humanity. To me, Christmas is the living promise that we are never ever alone. No matter where we are in life, no matter in what condition we find ourselves, no matter how far we might stray away, or how unfaithful we are, God, the supreme lover, will pursue us in love for eternity! It's a love that never stops shining. May God bless each of you and those you love this Christmas … Merry 2016!