Rethinking The Essence Of Christmas ~ By Samuel Ejinwa
As I decided to ply by land few weeks ago to the Eastern heartland, South-eastern Nigeria, to pay my last respect to my late grandmother who had gone to be with her creator, I overheard and became interested in the discussion of two young men sitting beside me in the white eighteen seater bus with the inscription “Peace Mass Transit”.
The yuletide, particularly the Christmas celebration was indeed the subject of their small talk as they discussed extensively on how they intend painting their villages red with their wealth on frivolities during the during Christmas. From their discussions, it was obvious that their purpose of storming their villages is not just to celebrate with their loved ones but to make splashes with their fortunes.
As they continued their long discussion, speaking like a house on fire, it became crystal clear to me that these young minds do not understand the essence of the season. For many, just like these young breeds, this festive period is indeed a time for jamboree, a time to kill the fattest of our goat and the healthiest of our chicken, a time to over eat and drink to stupor, a time to travel and visit that old friend of ours.
No doubt this is indeed a time to merry, thus I am not condemning all these I’ve mentioned, but when purpose is not known abuse is inevitable. These is indeed why often times we eat, drink to stupor, party, visit friends and loved ones and at the end forget the true essence of Christmas. Thus it is pertinent or imperative that we rethink the true essence of Christmas.
It is a common Knowledge that Christmas which is celebrated all over the world on December 25th, is a day set aside for the commemoration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But those who are bible students will agree with me that Christmas goes beyond celebrating the birth of our lord Jesus Christ.
It should equally be a time for us to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for Coming to this world to reconcile us back to God after our fall in the Garden of Eden. In line with this, our own very apostle Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians in 2Corinthians 5vs 18 revealed to the church in Corinth that all things are of God who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. This indeed should form part of the essence of our celebration.
I am not a pastor, but as a true follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I have come to realized that reconciliation brings about redemption.
The Coming of Christ and His death indeed brought redemption to mankind. Our own ever dogged Apostle Paul in his Letter to the Ephesians, in Ephesian 1vs 7 revealed to all believers by saying “in Him we have redemption through His blood (The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ), the forgiveness of sins, in accordance to the riches of God’s grace” (NIV).
As a language student, the word “redemption” simply means “freedom”. Thus through the coming of Christ and His death on the cross of Calvary, we were freed from sin, sickness, financial challenges, Joblessness, just name them. This should equally form the reason and the true essence of our Celebration of Christmas. Jesus is the reason for this season.
As we celebrate this year Christmas, I enjoin all and sundry in Christendom to have a rethink on the true essence of Christmas, even as I wish my wonderful followers on this platform merry Christmas and a prosperous new year in advance. I love you all. remain blessed.
Samuel Ejinwa, a Public affairs analyst writes from Lokoja -08122980208.