In this season of Christmas, let us reflect on the profound significance of Jesus Christ as the central figure in the world calendar. In the history of time, His birth marks the pivotal point that divides history into two eras: BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini, In the Year of Our Lord). This fact is a timeless truth that Jesus is the center of our existence.
First, Christmas is a time of a fulfilled promise.
Micah 5:2 says, “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.”
Centuries before the nativity scene in Bethlehem unfolded, the prophet Micah foretold the birthplace of the Messiah. Jesus, born in Bethlehem, fulfills this prophecy, demonstrating God’s faithfulness to His promises across time.
Second, Christmas is a time when God became man.
John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The birth of Jesus represents the remarkable moment when the eternal Word became incarnate. God, in His infinite love, entered our world, taking on human form to bridge the gap between divinity and humanity.
Third, Christmas is a time of Immanuel.
Matthew 1:23 says, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).”
The name Immanuel encapsulates the profound truth of God’s presence among us. The birth of Jesus brings the assurance that God is not distant but intimately involved in our lives. His presence has the power to transform us and bring joy.
As we celebrate the birth of Christ this Christmas, let us remember that His arrival is not just a historical event but a divine intervention that reshapes our past, present, and future. May we find renewed hope, joy, and purpose in embracing the significance of Jesus as the central figure in the world calendar.
May God bless us all!
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on
Director, Office of Communications