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Why I Celebrate Christmas (2)

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I celebrate Christmas mainly because of two reasons: Love and Hope.
Love, in the sense that it was because God so loved the world that He sent Jesus Christ to this world. That was when God became human and dwelt among us. Only those who are in love would understand this fact. To me, sending someone to die on behalf of another person is the greatest love that has ever been exhibited…and Christ came willingly to die for us.
I also celebrate Christmas because of hope. Hope in the sense that the birth of Jesus brought hope to this world. We have hope because we know that when our time is up here on earth, as long as we accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior and as long as we continue to follow in His footsteps, we know that we would reign with God forever.

Makinde Sinmiloluwa @ PenWorkshop.

A friend once asked, “If asked to take the place of a drowning man, would you?” I thought for a while and then I disagreed. Why would I? Why did he go into the sea or ocean when he knew he could not swim? I have a life of my own to live so why should I die for someone else? These were thoughts that caressed my mind. Then he smiled and said, “That was all Christ did for you and I on the cross. He was born to die for us and died to save us. He could have sent the angels to do it but the main purpose, which is to save man once for all, might not be fulfilled. ” So I thought, “why not celebrate the birth of a man who fulfilled God’s purpose in his generation?” That’s why I celebrate Christmas!

Adebayo Rolake @adebayoaderolake@yahoo.com

You laid aside your glory and throne-
All the comfort royalty afforded
You switched from heaven to man’s zone
Down to earth You descended

You didn’t have to come
But in Your sacrificial nature You chose to,
You knew twas a journey too burdensome,
Yet You saw it as what you needed to do,

Love divine is all I see
Flowing freely like a river
Its all around me
And I know it is forever

Sitting by my bedside
In a gay and happy mood
I’m bubbling on the inside
Cause it feels just so good

Lord You’re the only reason-
The one around whom all things revolve
And so this season
I’m celebrating that amazing love!

Oladejo Oluwatoosin@teeto35@yahoo.com

Christmas … I love the carols and the lights, I love the hustle and bustle of people engrossed in the celebrations and the food, oh, I love the food too! It’s a ‘fun time’ when I get to see family again and reunite with friends that I haven’t seen throughout the year – catch up on all the ‘latest updates’… but, Christmas is beyond all of these, for me. It’s more about Whom it is about than who it is for – it is about God’s love sent down to me (who it is for)so that I wouldn’t just be caught up in the merriment and festivities only but, also have an assurance of a hope and solid future and that is the reason why I celebrate!

Queen Oset @Queen Oset’s blog

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As we allow for the inevitable departure of 2014 and welcome the arrival of 2015, I wish to appreciate You for reading, commenting and sharing my posts this year. If you have been blessed in anyway by these posts, I am grateful to God and sweet Holy Spirit for the opportunity to join in His agenda for your life.
It is my prayer that 2015 will be greater for all of us as we discover and pursue God’s purpose for our lives.
Thanks for flying with me! The next shot is the big one!

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Why I Celebrate Christmas

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Seven years ago, my brother and I argued on ‘the rightness or wrongness of celebrating Christmas’.  He claimed that the celebration emerged from a pagan culture, isn’t a command by God and Dec. 25 isn’t the exact date that Christ was born.

That left me speechless. I had no counter argument. Anything borne out of paganism can’t be used for God, right? So I consented even though I was a little uncomfortable about his stand. The following Sunday, our teenage pastor threw the floor open for any question bothering us. Like the Pharisees of Jesus’ time, I stood up and asked her why we should celebrate Christmas based on my brother’s claims. In my mind, I thought I had given her a very hard nut to crack but to my utmost consternation, she just simply smiled at me and said, ‘even if the Christmas celebration is borne out of paganism and the date isn’t exact, I can’t help but rejoice at the birth of my saviour.’

She said this with so much conviction, I could not help but cringe. I wondered why this was so special.

Seven years later, I know better. I love Jesus. I celebrate his love everyday even when it is not Christmas.

Bukola Falola@bookfal82@gmail.com

Christmas is celebrated world over in commemoration of the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. For many, it is an opportunity to create some time-out with family and friends and have the best of fun. Indeed, it is a time to show love one to another and radiate the joy of the season. But to me, Christmas is deeper than that.

Each time I read Mathew 1:21, I am stunned at the depth of what Christmas portends. This Jesus has been brought forth and christened more than two millennia ago. But the real essence of Christmas is to ponder on the purpose of his birth: to SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.

Jesus has not saved me in my sin. No! He has saved me FROM my sin. He has not only forgiven me my sins, he has delivered me from the power of sin. Christmas affords me yet another opportunity to thank him for this great, undeserved love and ask for grace to live out the reality of the finished work of the cross.

Tim Ola Bamgboye@ Olabam’s blog

I celebrate Christmas because it’s a time of the year people go out of their way to spread cheer. Once the first green-red-gold decorations and tiny lights that blink intermittently go up in cities and towns, the world appears to be in an agreement to make the other person happy, even at a cost to self.

We are selfish by default; preoccupied with our interests and striving to make number one happy, but during Christmas, we go out of our way to send gifts to people around us: neighbours, family, and the less-privileged. We also make a conscious effort to evoke beauty through songs and decorations.

The ideal will be to have people spreading cheer and evoking beauty all year, but we are not there yet. Therefore, things that cause us to reach out to other people and try to be better versions of ourselves should be sought; if that means celebrating the birth of baby Jesus on a cold month, so be it.

IfeOluwa Nihinlola@ifeOluwa’s rambles

Growing up in the pastorium, Christmas used to be for me about gifts, new clothes, rice, chicken and the other stuffs. Since, I gained understanding of God’s love and received Him into my life, I have had to scratch deeper than the surface.

Now, I celebrate the love of God which prompted the provision of the solution to the world’s greatest problem- Sin. I celebrate the birth of a pursuer of purpose- a baby born to die. I celebrate the assurance of God’s continuous provision for my pursuit for if he gave me Christ Jesus, to set me free to live fully to die empty, what else would he not give me?

With my understanding of the purpose of Christmas, I am persuaded that I will be wrong to reduce my celebration of Christ’s birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension to seasons. As I grow deeper in my understanding of God’s love, I am challenged to celebrate Him every day, tell others about Him and his power to help them find meaning for their lives and unleash the beauty of God in them.

Alabi IfeOluwa@JustPurposeWeekly

Merry Christmas!

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