Views from the Pews: The Christ of Christmas - Who is he?

Pastor Dr Alex Appiah
Pastor Dr Alex Appiah

There is no singular event in the annual calendar that has such a great and profound effect on all mankind as Christmas.

It has such historic importance in the affairs of mankind and affects all families, businesses and individuals. Each year, we feverishly prepare to celebrate the season of love, good news and peace to all mankind.

Over the years, the celebration of Christmas has taken many different meanings. The question is what is the true meaning of Christmas?

It is undeniable to all that everything in the year culminates in the celebration of Christmas.

This festivity of family reunions, feastings, exchanging of gifts and expression of love touches all generations, culture and nations of the world.

To give you a sense of the profound power of Christmas, it is recorded that at the height of World War I, on Christmas Day in 1914 soldiers on both sides

(German and Allied Forces) along the Western Front stepped out of their trenches, shook hands and agreed on “The Christmas Truce” - an unofficial cessations

of hostilities so the dead could be buried. The soldiers also used that truce to chat with one another and, exchange gifts, some even play a football match, which the Germans won 3-2. This remarkable event which showed the power of Christmas was recently commemorated at the 100 years anniversary of the WWI by a football match between German and British Armies played at Aldershot Town FC in Hampshire. This match ended in a 1-0 win for the British Army. Great, we’ve got one back on the Germans! The fundamental question I will like us to revisit is “Who is this Jesus, whose birthday has such power and global impact, even on warring factions?

The Bible has a lot to say about Him and the story about His birth in Matthew 1:18-23 says “…While Joseph thought about these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the baby in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this happened to bring about what the Lord had said

through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a son, and they will name him Immanuel,” which means “God is with us.” Jesus Christ was born on

Christmas Day as a Saviour to all mankind. God became man to bring us the possibility for forgiveness of sins, reconciliation, peace, hope for a brighter tomorrow and eternal life. This Christ of Christmas is the only special son of God who has power to take away the sins of the world. Matthew 3:13-17 says at His baptism a

voice from heaven declared “This is my Son, whom I love, and I am very pleased with him.” This Christ of Christmas has power even over nature! When He and His disciples were in danger at sea, He spoke to the winds: Mark 4:39 “When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.” He alone loves us all so much that He willingly at the age of 33½, suffered and died on the cross for our sins. Romans 5:8 “But God shows his great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners.” Friends, I recommend this Jesus to you and your family.

Have a lovely Christmas and a Hopeful 2015! If you would like to know more or join a friendly church, please visit our church service on Sundays 10.30am at The Life Centre in Market Weighton.