Christmas, Nativity of Jesus
In fact, the Nativity of Jesus is the birth of an unusual light that removes various types of darkness in our country and the world.
By K.L. Joseph
Christmas signifies the birth of Jesus Christ. The season before Christmas is called ‘Advent’. This is the preparatory time to welcome the arrival of the Saviour of the world. Christmas will be celebrated by the people across the World on 25th December, irrespective of caste, creed or religion.
The birth of Jesus is a heavenly event. A girl named Mary from the town of Galilee in Nazareth was chosen to be the mother of the only son of God. She was immaculate viz. free from the original sin. Joseph, a carpenter from Nazareth and a descendant from David was chosen by God to be the husband of Mary and foster father of the Son of God. He was a righteous man. Mary was conceived by the power of Holy Spirit. Birth of Jesus is very special in many ways owing to the prophecies made by the Prophets much before His coming down to this earth as Immanuel.
The news about the birth of Jesus brought great joy to the world. The shepherds who were spending the night in that part of Bethlehem were the first ones to be informed by the Lord’s Angel about the birth of the saviour – Christ the Lord. Suddenly as said by the evangelist Luke (2.13-14), a great army of heaven’s angels appeared on the scene singing praises to God:
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
And peace on earth to those with
whom he is pleased!”
It is not the external embellishment that actually enhances the glory of Christmas viz. making of a crib, hanging of a star, planting of a Christmas tree, arranging of a carol accompanied by Santa Clause or cutting of a Christmas Cake and sharing it with family members etc.
The most appropriate and exemplary gesture to be shown while celebrating Christmas is to reach out to the poor, the needy and the oppressed people of the society and help them in their needs, irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Christmas gives us the message of Jesus to spread peace, love and harmony among all sections of the Society everywhere in the world. Jesus’ teachings also underline the need for giving up hatred, enmity and wickedness in order to usher in a harmonious and peaceful life for all on the earth.
Through the birth of Jesus, God gave light to the world. Light denotes enlightenment and wisdom. In the theological sense, light means illumination of soul by divine truth. As a testimony to this truth, God caused a star appear in the East to illuminate the path for the three Magi (wise men) to travel and enable them reach the chid Jesus born in Bethlehem. The star went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. Hence, the three Magi did not grope in the darkness to find out the child. Because the child born to Virgin Mary and lying wrapped in strips of cloth in the manger was the light of the world as John the evangelist says (8: 12) Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again, “I am the light of the world,” he said. “Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness”.
Jesus was born to remove the darkness from the world. Darkness means the wickedness or the evil powers. God gifted to the world a promised ‘Messiah’ to liberate the oppressed people and to shed light on the people living in darkness. What the Prophet Isaiah had said thus came true through the Nativity of Jesus (Matthew 4. 15-16),
“The people who live in darkness will see a great light. On those who live in the dark land of death the light will shine “
While celebrating the Christmas on the 25th December, let us reach out to the poor and the less fortunate in order to make them experience the light that is Jesus. In fact, the Nativity of Jesus is the birth of an unusual light that removes various types of darkness in our country and the world.
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