Dear Brothers and
in the name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.
Every Christmas we celebrate Jesus coming into the world as a 'baby' in a manger. It always recall us how much God loves us. In John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only son; that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life". Again the words of John 1:14 "and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us". That means Jesus, living in the world and in our life. Those who believe in Jesus, God will provide them the 'eternal life'. It is the promise of God.
Many years ago, prophet Isaiah prophesized the virgin birth of Jesus or the coming of Messiah. Those prophesy have had a hope for the people who were exile in Babylon. On Christmas day it happened. Virgin birth of Jesus is a major event in the history of the world. The birth of Jesus is an act of God's mission into the world. He rebuilds the broken relationship with God and man. It has given a hope for the people who are living in darkness and brokenness. During the time of His birth, He was identified with marginalized and oppressed. He has not to get a place in the inn for Him to be born.
Christmas is a festival of joy, peace, love and hope. People are facing many challenges in the present era, like terrorism, economic crisis and environmental problem etc. Birth of Jesus give us hope and courage into face all the kinds of situation positively.
Light is a symbol of celebration. It means joy and hope. During the Christmas season we are decorating our homes with artificial lights, Christmas trees etc. But we need to seek the true light; that light should not be artificial. Jesus says "I am the light of the world". When Jesus enters into our heart , our life will be enlightening as a whole.
During the advent season I urge all of us to come to Jesus and receive His love. Fulton Ourseler says "He came to the world to get nothing but to give everything". Jesus birth has given aim and new vision in our life because He is the Emmanuel, "God with us".
Our congregation will be hosting the 28th CSI family and Youth conference on July 3 to 6, 2014 at Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center, PA. I urge your prayer and support to this conference. Please uphold the leaders, conveners and the delegates in your prayer.
The last Sunday of this month we are separating as Family Sunday. Family is very important in a Christian life. It is very basic and sacred institution. We remember that, Christ is the center of a family.
We are never alone because He is with us. Christmas fill up your life with compassion, tolerance and bring happiness to all of your hearts. Wish you all a merry Christmas and New Year! May the Almighty bless you abundantly in the coming year!
(Rev. Robin K. Paul)