2014 Christmas Message

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2014 Christmas Message

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Topic: ” In Jesus Christ’ birth: God became a living, breathing human being.”

Text: Heb. 2:14

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We salute you all in the precious name of our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ.

We welcome you all in your respective capacities and thank you for coming to celebrate and worship with us.

Our sympathies to those who have had challenges of various sorts in this year.  Our condolences to those who have loved your loved ones. May God comfort you and give you hope.

We thank those who give their: Time, talents, ideas, energy, homes, children, wives, husbands, money and other resources to support our church. May our good Lord replenish your resources and whatever you give a hundred-fold.

There are some critics and those who do not celebrate Christmas who say that Jesus never instructed His disciples to celebrate this day and that 25th December was a day of celebrating pagan traditions. We remind such people that the Angel who announced Jesus’ birth said the following to the Shepherds in the wilderness: “…do not be afraid! I am here with good news for you which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David’ town your Saviour was born – Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11.
So, if people can celebrate their own anniversaries and remember other big events in the world like the September 11th in the USA, it fitting for the world to rejoice and celebrate on this day when we remember the Saviour’ birth.
The only challenge with this day it that in most cases, preparations and celebrations have been commercialized and people look forward to making a lot of money and celebrate in sinful ways.
For example, people steal goats, cows, extort money from those they are supported to go give services, they overcharge, overload, over speed. They put too much emphasis on eating and drinking and buying new cloths, decoration of their homes, offices and streets and go for entertainment and merry making, exchange of gifts and only end at that, without reflecting on the reason why Jesus was born.
In Mat.1:21, the Angel told Joseph that: “…Mary will have a Son, and you will name him Jesus because He will save His people from their sins.”
As we celebrate Christmas, let us avoid celebrating by engaging in sinful indulgences: for example all forms of sexual promiscuity, drug abuse, stealing , quarreling and fighting, etc. let us beware of HIV/ AIDS.
This year’ Christmas Topic is: ” In Jesus Christ’ birth: God became a living, breathing human being.”
Heb. 2:14-15, 17: “Since the Children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by His death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – the devil …. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way…” Jesus (God) took on our human nature, dwelt among us and understood our challenges but did not sin. Let us celebrate this Christmas by appreciating Jesus’ humility by being humble ourselves and emulate His sinless lifestyle by repenting from selfishness and greed and all other sinful indulgencies so that when our lives are done here on earth, we will live with him eternally.

I wish you all a Holy Christmas and a blessed 2015.

+ Kisembo B. Reuben – Dean St. John’s Cathedral – Kabarole

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