Curbed from the 2021 Christmas Message Delivered By Rev Fr. Paul Amenaghawon.
Jesus' mission on earth was to proclaim peace, joy happiness, liberation and general well-being for all. Christmas is therefore the period to celebrate the love of God for us. What does love entail? The proper parable of the 'good Samaritan' in Gospel of Luke 10:30-37 readily comes to hand in answer to this question. Love entails that we are nice to all and sundry, irrespective of colour, race, financial, political, social and religious and in fact, moral status. Love is the extension of a hand of fellowship to all who are in need, here and now. The life of Christ; His words and deeds, epitomize this love.
“All flesh shall see the salvation of God” (Luke 3:6-10).
Prepare for the rough ways shall be made smooth. All the rough ways of the earth – the ways of hopelessness, helplessness, loneliness, emptiness, insecurity, guilt, shame, sin, death, false religion, and empty worship – all shall be made smooth. God's salvation shall be seen by all mankind not only the Jews, but all people shall see the Messiah, God's salvation to the world. When the way is prepared, the saviour will appear.
John's preaching aroused thousands. It woke them and stirred them to prepare and to look for the Messiah. Apparently, it was the multitude who listened to John who eventually became the followers of Christ. It was also the same multitude who created the excitement needed to spread the news of the Messiah's coming.
Lord Jesus, grant that our celebration of your birth may increase our humility.