Meaning of the Manger

Christmas time is normally associated with joy. As the lyrics of a song says, “Tis the season to be jolly.” At the start of the cold December winds, each person is engulfed with thoughts of exuberance and elation.

As my colleague puts it, “Christmas is a great time that will forever embrace magic in the heart of mankind.”

Christmas will eternally be that joyous and special event to enjoy. It is a prosperous time that will not ever cease its magic.

Magic? Is Christmas which we believe the day of birth of Jesus Christ, truly magic?

Until this time, not many people truly grasp the real meaning of Christmas.

Understand what one executive said regarding Christmas: “The family’s Christmas time cannot be perfect without shopping in the mall, a delicious meal and, don’t forget, gifts.”

Has our understanding of Christmas altered over time?

During Christmas Eve, in millions of households across the world, families and relatives will gather with each other, eat till the heart’s content and be festive.

There will be a small, short-term, yet noticeable all-round soaring of the warmth of human kindliness.

What do all these actions signify?

For a small group of people, Christmas is a religious recognition, the pinnacle of the year for Christians. For a many, it is just a holiday and a feast, and is retained by them because their parents retained it, because their first recollection of family reunion and celebration go back to Christmas Day.

It is deemed the “Christian myth.” That is how 'smart' men describe the association of Christian ideology out of which the Christmas festivities originates.

But before we reject the 'myth' there are particular historical details which we must always never forget.

The first is that on a particular day (however not exactly on December 25 because no one really knows the birth date of Christ), there was a child born in a manger located Bethlehem in Judea. The child’s name is Jesus. Jesus Christ was not statesman or a prince or a warrior. He penned no book, He did not create any artistic monument; Jesus was not a part of a conquering race. Christ’s life in earth was only a few years and was raised in an obscure and poor region. He was known by educated and cultivated peers as a man of no consequence.

As a matter of conventional history, it is to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ that families and relatives sit and gather around the table to eat plum pudding and roast fowl. One might think, it takes much clarification.

The theological explanation given by scholars and churches on reported words of Jesus Christ has changed in all ages and changes to this time. What there never has been any confusion about is that the people who recognize Jesus Christ most during His lifetime, and especially after His agonizing and terrible death, are certain that Jesus both was and acknowledge Himself to be greater than man. He recognized He was the Son of God, and He triumphed, in the face of every persecution, opposition, and ridicule, in sharing that ideology to other people.

What Jesus Christ did resulted in people to praise what He was For what He did produced in those who were there to witness it - and in people who arrive to learn of it only by word of mouth – an assurance of what Christ was. The belief was so passionate that they recognized Christ’s existence in the world as eternally the most significant thing that had ever occurred. Not only did the people attempted to change their own lives - to live as Christ had lived, however unsuccessfully - oftentimes they voluntarily chose to die as Jesus had died.

It is fully recorded history, this is not a myth. Nothing can alter the details because it really happened. Christian believers conclude that Jesus Christ have been greater than a human being, holds a quality which we all recognize from our own knowledge to be extremely exceeding the ability of human nature.

Jesus had a boundless capacity for love that empowered Him to treat and regard every human being's character, suffering, and need just like they were His own. Jesus Christ cared so much that all of man’s need and suffering is important to Him.

Here are four suggestions to restore the real meaning of Christmas in everyone’s lives:

1. Assist someone in need. Everywhere there are people who are less fortunate, rejected, and lonely than we are. There is not a place in the world without a settlement of homeless people. Proceed to a homeless shelter and give the poor foods and clothes. Jesus Christ’s birth of shows us God loves all men and women, and we should love other people also. Sharing with the needy will not only assist them, but will relive the authentic Christmas spirit into the holiday time.

2. Attend special Christmas events like Christmas performance at a local church or a candlelight service. Allow the familiar lyrics of the age-old hymns relive in your heart and guide you to the real essence of Christmas.

3. Establish Christmas as a special bonding time for the family. Christmas is a occasion for family get-togethers. Make it a chance to be together this Christmas. Nevertheless, if you are alone, extend to other people who need your companionship. Read the Christmas story from the Holy Bible together with your family, relatives and friends, and to pray as the Christmas angels sang that there will be goodwill and peace toward men around the world.

4. Allow the Christ of Christmas to exist in you. Jesus Christ who was born almost two thousand years ago can enter your heart at this moment as you believe in Him.

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