The Miracle of Christmas- Peace, Hope and Love By Timi Ologunoye

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16).

Jesus is the reason for the season and he is the epitome of true love. Your days will be bright and your heart will be light. You will experience possibilities of faith. Hope will make things work for you. Love will beautify you. As the birth of Christ brought light to a dark world, may your darkness be lightened this season in Jesus’ name. Amen

The Christmas story is an account retold year after year, yet it never loses its magnificence; it never ceases to fill our hearts with wonder. Christmas is about the Lord our Creator fleshing out his promise to save the world from sin. That gift is named Jesus. Christmas is the celebration of love, generosity, benevolence, kindness, brotherhood, and familial bonding, and the celebration of the joy, peace, and security that those things promote. May the three certainties of Christmas which are –peace, hope, and love fill your heart this season. Amen.

Unlike any other baby, the one born that night in Bethlehem was unique in all of history. Jesus had no glory flashing around him as he entered the world through birth. Though hundreds of years of advertising through Scripture announced his arrival, there were no long lines waiting to greet him. He should have chosen a palace of the wealthiest and most powerful kingdom on earth with deluxe features for birth. But he chose the meekest womb of earth. He preferred a barn for birth. He was born in a place where the animals are fed their food. A message from God to show that He recognizes the lowly.

He was not created by a human father and mother. He had a heavenly pre-existence (Jn. 1:1-3, 14). In the birth of Jesus, the eternal, all-powerful and all-knowing Creator came to earth in the flesh. The birth of Christ reveals how God so loves each and every one of us that He sent His only Son to take up all human sorrow and pain on the Cross and transform it into eternal life in the Resurrection. The message of Christmas is the triumph of life over death, goodness over evil, and love over hate.

Christmas is a celebration of our faith. A time to remember the greatest gift ever given. The true meaning of Christmas for us is the indisputable peace, hope and love at the very core of the word. The Christ child sent to earth by a God willing to be born into the woes of a fallen world. All the while knowing the fate of His journey; still loving his rebellious creation enough to say “Yes” to an intensely cruel death on the cross.  I cannot comprehend that kind of love that was sent to us on that first Christmas night; an indescribable gift of Heaven.

To many, Christmas is just a holiday time for buying gifts and squeezing parties and extra events into a schedule that was already too full.  It’s a time in which many feel rushed and over committed when what they really need is to slow down and enjoy the season.
For some, Christmas brings the added tension of bringing together broken families.  Instead of peace, they panic about the inevitable conflicts.  But Christmas brings a much deeper experience. It should be a time of peace. Are you in peace? Did you have any? Are you searching for the peace which the world gives? The greatest offer of peace is made to mankind through Jesus this season.

Christmas should be a time of hope.  Christmas is on the edge of the end of one year and the beginning of the next – at the crossroads of the past and the future.  A previous year, with its blessings and its trials, is gone.  A new year looms ahead, full of uncertainty and promises.  Yet, here is Christmas – the celebration of a birth that took place 2000 years ago – a continuing bright spot on our calendars – because God has given us hope.

Christmas should be a time of love centred around the greatest love story ever told – the story of God who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.  It is the story of God’s greatest gift given to meet our greatest need – because God is Love.  Christmas should be a time of love. It’s again the reminder which reminds us the responsibilities which he has left over for us. “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (Jn. 13:35)

Do you think that God does not know your need? He does not know how you hurt? He understands little about your problem? Please know that He does and he can meet your need, heal your hurts and solve your problems. We must realize that a God who came down to earth as a baby in a manger for our redemption also deeply cares about the lonely hurting heart at Christmas. In the midst of your joy or pain this Christmas season, let new hope arise! God can and will perform miracles in your life. Be expectant! His Heavenly storehouses are full and it’s His desire to pour them out upon you. This is what Christmas is all about; an annual reminder that God cares and is ready to help you find peace, hope and love.

God saw us in our sins. He can see the guilt, the bondage, the corruption, the addictions and every other way we fall short of His standard but instead of despising us, God loved us. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). It’s nothing but the pure love of God towards mankind that has made God to send his only begotten son. Although our sins condemned us, God chose to save us. It was God’s love that compelled Him to send His son to be born and, eventually, to die for our sins.

The truth is that Jesus came to this grim and dark world with a shining light to heal the brokenhearted, to bind up their wounds (Ps. 147:3), and to set the captives free.  He is called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6).  He desires to be our Abba -daddy, brother, friend, husband; the lover of our soul.  Rest in Him; believe He has good plans for you (Jer. 29:11). He will never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5). Trust Him for the miracle you need and let pure intimate love soothe your broken heart. He won’t let you down; not because you’re good, but because HE is.  He is come that we might have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10).

If you have received Jesus into your heart through repentance and acceptance of His Lordship, then He is living on the very inside of you. He is that close, and He loves you with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3).  You are never alone. For those few who have been chosen to receive life in God’s kingdom, the birth of Jesus brought about the end of their alienation from God. It brought about reconciliation. This reconciliation to God is the peace of which the angels sang-“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” The birth of Jesus brought about the final and ultimate defeat of sin and death. If you haven’t yet accepted God’s free gift of salvation this Christmas, please consider it. That light that Jesus brought at Christmas still invites men to come into the warmth of God’s grace and find their peace, and hope, and love. Please receive Him into your heart today.

Jesus is the everlasting reason for Christmas. Let’s celebrate the baby, the Master, and the King named Jesus Christ.

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