Thursday, December 14, 2006
Well, it is the time of the year. The time much awaited by everyone. Well, at least I have been waiting for it. Going back last weekend, really got me into the Christmas spirit. Saw Mum baking the fruit cakes, those home made murukku's, etc, just got me. The tree is not up yet. I guess I've got to get it up. I love decorating the Christmas tree. We change the theme of the tree every year. Well, last year the theme was Gold and Red, so this year it will be Blue and Silver. I bought this Nativity Set for Mum. She loves those small ornaments. In fact, the Christmas tree and Santa Claus have taken away the true meaning of Christmas. I know, I know, I am drawn into the same craze as well. But, I agree that the true meaning of Christmas is actually seen in the Manger. As you can see above, this is the true meaning of Christmas.
Mary & Joseph were searching for an Inn to have their baby born. Now, this baby was the ONE. The ONE who will indeed save all men from their sins. Yes, this baby was Jesus. So throughout Bethlehem, they couldn't find a room in any of the Inns there. So, the only available option was a Manger. As you can see above, there were cows, donkeys, sheeps and other farm animals. Jesus was born in such a state so that everyone could see Him and could reach Him. If Jesus was born in a luxurious palace, no one could have gone to see Him. The 3 wise men bearing gifts came from all over to see Jesus in the Manger. They were guided by a star. This star was a guide not only to the wise men but also to the shepherds who were manning their flock in the hills far away. Hence, the true meaning of Christmas. Christ was born to save all men from their iniquities. To God Be The Glory!
"But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel".