What is Christmas? A pair of new shoes? New dresses? Toys? Etc.?
Christmas may mean differently to different people. Christmas is not only for kids. It is for everyone, old and young, man or woman.
This columnist's message at the coronation day of Yubo Elem. School Prinsipe at Mutya ng Pasko 2007, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 at Barangay Yubo public plaza was focused on what Christmas really mean for him.
He categorically delineated Christmas into three spiritual truths. First it connotes the very essence of “right direction” on coming back to God's presence in heaven. He cited the great star that appeared in the vastness of the evening eastern sky and that eventually guided the three magi to where the infant babe was born. He analogically pointed out that the “very star” turned every head to look up to the very location where the Great Creator lives – a direction towards Christian way of living, of giving and of sharing. That opens every opportunity for every worry under the sun has a solution up there. As long as they're following the star of love and hope and be guided accordingly.
The second meaning is the essence of humbleness and humility. Baby Jesus himself was born at the stable, the place where domestic animals used to take refuge after a day's of toil and work. The promised King of Kings, Lord of Lords should be borne at the regal and stately palace, but in reality he was laid on animal stable, a barn of hays. That is a clear view point of lowliness, humbleness and humility and a point of spiritual meekness, a teachable and willing heart.
And lastly he pointed out the real essence and meaning of Christmas is the fulfillment of the greatest love of heavenly Father, an unfeigned love. It is the unconditional God's gift to mankind. The Bible is clear. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shouldn't not perish, but have an everlasting life.” Thus, the sinners should have no reason to be sad or to feel neglected and hopeless for Christ's birth is a big hope for them; a reason to rejoice and a moment to be jubilant that their sin will be atoned and will be remembered no more.
Christmas, therefore, is the way to salvation for everyone. A natural man is an enemy to God. He has come short of the glory of God because of his sinful nature. To get rid of his nature as sinner, man has been given by heavenly Father a chance to renew himself by forsaking his old sinful ways and by voluntarily coming back to the heavenly Father's fold by following Jesus' excellent attitude of obedience, meekness and humility.
Jesus' birth paves that way to salvation. From his birth to death, Jesus is worthy of emulation. By suffering the agony of anguish in the garden of Gethsemane and by giving up his life on the cross, Jesus , as mentioned, has exemplified an excellent attitude of teachableness, meekness, humbleness and obedience. But he has nothing done yet for himself. It is for humankind, for you, for me, and for everyone and nothing for Jesus.
Christmas may also mean “GIFT” - God's Intentional Facility of Truth. It's a REGALO, a variance of the word REGAL, meaning kingly or majestic. Christ then is a regalo from our Father in heaven to save us from our sins. It's priceless. No money could buy. No other things could ever barter it. But once Christ-like attitude is ingrained in yourself, it's forever. It never lasts. Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas!!