Lessons Of Christmas


The world over, December 25 is known as Christmas Day. And the need to draw attention to the true reason for the festival has continued to be relevant. Being one of the highest festivals in Christiandom all over the world, the hype is understandable, but people cannot afford to throw caution to the wind.
Christmas is essentially the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, who the Holy Bible states came down from heaven as the son of God to wash away the sins of man and reconcile humanity to God. As usual, with Christmas, Christians will sing carols, worship God and the following day, Boxing Day, exchange gifts.
Although the economic reality of the time may affect the practices associated with Christmas celebration, the central theme of the festival cannot change. That God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever that believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. As the Holy Bible clearly states, Christmas surely exemplifies the virtues of love, sacrifice and peace.
These are ideals that everyone is expected to imbibe and exhibit in order that Christmas may have its true meaning.
Interestingly, accounts of the Holy Bible also reveal a humble and pious life-style of Jesus Christ, whose message of salvation, selfless sacrifice, long suffering and humility even unto death, have continued to attract more relevance over the centuries. Again, the need to acquire the mind of Christ should also challenge every Christian in this season.
The Tide expects that Christians will use the period to reflect on the love of God and the life of Jesus Christ. All who understand the joy that has been so freely given should also pray for the continued peace, unity and progress of Nigeria. Indeed, the selfless service to man and country remains a veritable proof of one’s relationship with the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
We are also not unaware of the fact that the season will afford a lot of people the opportunity to travel to their home towns; engage in some meetings and face the usual temptation of excessive indulgence in some activities. The point should not be missed that Jesus Christ came that we might have life and have it more abundantly, certainly not to lose it.
That is why a lot of moderation is required during the season. The avoidable rush related to the festival every year and the accidents, especially vehicular mishaps should cause people to be more careful. Also real is the crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery and insurgency that require due caution on the part of everyone.
In fact, we must commend Christians in Nigeria for choosing to keep the peace and unity of Nigeria in spite of obvious provocations caused by repeated terror attacks on Christians and their places of worship.
Even so, we cannot rule out the possibility of attacks within the season to spill innocent blood and attempt to threaten Christians away from worship, in some parts of the country. But we are persuaded that the victory of evil over good is only but temporary.
In order that these things do not continue to happen and perhaps push some people to the wall, we expect the security agencies to do more than ever before, to ensure that Nigerians are well protected not disturbed again, especially during this season.
We expect that both Christians and non-Christians, governments and private establishments will take steps to make Christmas a very memorable period. It is heart-warming how some firms and individuals have used the period to decorate the various cities. But whether their staff are also empowered to cope with the demands of the season is also worth considering.
On the whole, we are happy that once more people can find something and time to be happy and share love with one another.
The target actually should be to reconcile with all, extend the love of Christ and raise the moral and spiritual levels of our country.
The Tide hereby wishes all the people of God, a merry Christmas and a prosperous 2019. Let the festivities be safe and fun-filled but let the lesson of the humble birth of the Lord and Saviour, Jesus, the Christ take the centre stage. Merry Christmas!