The Meaning and message of Christmas by Dr. Thomas Chung dated 25.12.13
For 2,000 years people lived in fear. People relied on astronomy and astrology for messages from the heavens. After Julius Caesar was assassinated in BC 44 brilliant comet was seen in the sky. In AD 66 when Nero committed suicide, comets were seen too. When Jesus was born, even the ancient Chinese philosopher a Kuan Lin recorded seeing a comet in the sign of Leo lasting 63 days. Modern man called that Hailey’s comet.
The Meaning of Christmas – in the present time what we hear are bad news. Today we are hearing bad news everywhere, floods in U.K, killings in Sudan and Syria, snow storms in Toronto and other places. Yet the good news of Christmas let us live in hope. Message of Christmas is message of hope. Our God is the God of hope. One hope in Christ Jesus! If you do not have Jesus you do not have life! Jesus gives us salvation and eternal life. We need to embrace Christmas for ourselves. Allow Jesus to come into our lives.
This is not an ordinary message, but a message that came from God direct. Spiritually we will see what the shepherd saw 2000 years ago.
Birth of Jesus was a cosmic event:
1. Heaven celebrates
2. Earth responded
6 Things how we are to respond to make Christmas meaningful:
1. It is Good News – the Gospel is Good News
2. This message is for everyone
3. We must be willing to be a Christian
4. We need to check out the news for ourselves
5. We must respond and take steps to believe
6. Willing to be found by God