Christmas is that season when Christians the world over, celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Yes, when they commemorate the birth of the Saviour of the world as prophesied by Prophet Isaiah when he said: “a virgin shall conceive and give birth to a male child and he shall be called Emmanuel, meaning God is with us”.
There is every reason to celebrate Christmas because, Christ’s birth, marked the beginning of the process of salvation for all humanity. The birth of Christ is a confirmation that God never abandoned humanity in spite of human frailties.
While Christians celebrate the season, it is important to draw the attention of all to the real essence of the celebration. Christmas is not a season when wages of sin will not be death, when cheating will not attract the due punishment, when young men and women are permitted to sleep around, drink and get drunk, all in the name of Christmas celebration.
Christmas is a time to forgive all the wrongs, reconcile with God and neighbours as well as all the worrying factions of the society and create a home for the Saviour in the hearts of all. It is also a time to reach out to the poor, the needy and the less privileged in the society for the purpose of restoring hope to the hopeless, which is actually what the birth of Christ brought to humanity.
In spite of the harsh economic situation of the country, celebration of Christmas goes on because it is not basically a physical celebration but spiritual. It is not only for one to celebrate with new cars, new houses, new clothes and shoes, delicious and expensive meals alone, but to restores hope to the hopeless, and puts smile on the faces of those who are down trodden.
It is important to also remind all that the men of the underworld have intensified their plans to inflict pains and agony on many; they have invented so many ideas to attract the attention of many, hence, the need for all to be extra vigilant, to avoid any unfortunate incidence.
Government at all levels should as a matter of importance make the necessary arrangement for a smooth and crime-free celebration. Commercial transport operators should adhere strictly to all the safety rules for an accident-free celebration.
Leaders at all levels are called upon to learn some vital lessons from Christ and become sacrificial in dealing with those under their care.
It is not a new story that times are hard, so, there is need for all those who have the constitutional responsibilities to make life much better for the people to do their jobs and for those who for one reason or the other do not have the resources to celebrate the season as they would have loved, to look up to God since there will always be another Christmas to be celebrated.
Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year