What Is The Purpose of Christmas?
What is the Purpose of Christmas?
A Christmas Message by President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III
“I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” —Luke 2:10
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” —Luke 2:14
Christmas is the most awaited and celebrated holiday of the year. What makes it so special? Why is it that people are more giving, cheerful, caring, and kind during this time? What really is the purpose of Christmas?
Based on the Bible passage from the Gospel of Luke 2:10-14, it is a time for great joy, a reason to celebrate. But do most of us know what is it that we celebrate? Christmas has become such a big commercial enterprise that the baby Jesus is often forgotten amid all the Santa Claus, the Grinch, the Disney characters that have become the face of this season. One must not forget that the reason we celebrate Christmas is because “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” This is the good news that we were a given thousands of years ago, for all people, and still holds true up to this time.
For me, the purpose of Christmas is to celebrate that God loves us, is with us and for us, all the time. Unlike most things, it does not have an expiry date and is not limited to one day. We should be more giving, more caring, most kind, more respectful of others every day of our lives. This is what the good Lord wants all of us to do: good will toward all and on earth, peace.
As we celebrate this festive Season, may we be filled with joy, hope, peace, and love not just for our family and friends, but for every person we meet throughout the coming year. Let us all be kind and be a friend to one another.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Ben S. Malayang III