The Reason of Christmas is Redemption

Jesus Christ was born to die for the sins of the world. He was doing it willingly and He knew that it was the will of the Father. That was the whole point of the incarnation or Christmas. But the important fact of Christmas is ‘why Jesus came’? There is no salvation in His birth, rather there was a price to be paid for our sins. Someone had to die. Only the Son of God could do it. 

Angel Gabriel appeared to Virgin Mary, and delivered the heavenly message, she accepted it and obeyed. Joseph, the Just, who believed the dream which he saw and accepted it and obeyed, the shepherds in the wilderness were convinced of the message of the messenger of the Lord and obeyed, the three kings who followed the sign of the star trusted, and believed Him, gave their gifts to Him and bowed before Him. Christmas is not only a festival of obedience but also a festival of “the people sitting in the darkness have seen a great light, and on those sitting in the land of the shadows of death a light has dawned” (St. Matt. 4: 16).

Norman Cousins said, “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live”. Similarly, we should not astray our love towards God and bury our faith in God. That is why King David proclaims: Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers”. 

During this Lenten season, we have to keep in mind that His birth was the first step in God’s glorious plan for redemption. That is the love of our God. Wishing a Merry Christmas to you all.

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Ayub Silvanos is the Metropolitan of the Knanaya Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch. H. E. is currently serving as the Metropolitan of the North American & Europe Region of the Knanaya Archdiocese since 2009.

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