Jesus Christ is the Message of Christmas

Dr Augustine F Pinto
Ryan International Group of Institutions, India

Dec 25: "If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer. But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Saviour," said Max Lucado.

If you go around the city, you will see lots of homes getting ready for Christmas. You will see beautiful and elegant Christmas decorations prepping the neighborhood. All these things enhance the celebration of Christmas creating the warmth of togetherness and comradeship. However, the focal point of Christmas is “Jesus Christ”. The celebration of Christmas illuminates the significance of His birth. While the whole world celebrates Christmas, today let’s delve upon the spirit and significance of Christmas and the message it offers to the whole world.

Christmas is a season of great joy. It is a time of healing and renewed strength. It is a wonderful time for the family to share togetherness and be united. Indeed, the birth of Jesus brought great joy to the whole world. Shepherds, wise men and kings representing the whole world partook in the joy of the first Christmas in Bethlehem.

The glorious joy of the first Christmas has not faded away; it still continues to shine on even today enveloping the heart of humankind. Amidst the busyness of shopping, parties, presents, and fun, Jesus the Prince of Peace who came to save the mankind from sin, spread peace, joy and give eternal life to all who believe in Him, remains the central point of Christmas Celebration.

Christ’s coming into the world was not accidental but rather purposeful. God’s redeeming love was at the very heart, and the main reason for His coming. God’s love revealed itself in such a marvelous way to save humanity. It was foretold in the scriptures and His birth was the fulfillment of what was written about Him. Can you imagine how great and unconditional God’s love must have been, to consent to dwell in human flesh and die for the sins of entire humankind?

Indeed, Christmas is the story of hope, peace and goodwill. Jesus gives hope to know God and let His Kingdom manifest in our lives, receive forgiveness and have eternal life and establish peace and goodwill among humankind. Christmas is the story of deepest humility. When leaders appear in public, there is a great pomp and solemnity, whereas Jesus the King of kings came as a servant, a baby born in humble circumstances. Though He was God, he humbled Himself even to the extent of dying on the cross so that we may have forgiveness and eternal life. Mahatma Gandhi who was fascinated by Jesus Christ and his teachings has beautifully said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

The message of the first Christmas is “Joyous giving” for Jesus is a gift, a present from the loving heavenly father to the whole world. This Christmas let us realize that the best joy comes only through joyous giving. A Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu has rightly said, “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

At this Christmas may God give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of Him. May He enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope His call holds for you and what rich glories are in store. Wish you a truly blessed and joyful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2015.


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  • Jyothi , Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Dec 29 2014

    Dear Sir, Thanks for sharing this Christmas message. It is a joy to give glory to God who gave himself for us unreservedly to the point of death to give us eternal life and through this message of yours Jesus is certainly glorified. You are blessed ! I wish you a blessed year 2015 ahead.

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  • Roshan Braganza, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 25 2014

    The True Christmas is not complete without True teaching of Jesus. Non violence and forgiveness !. At least for day can we try to emulate this !. Let's stop slaughtering Animals and birds for food , let's look at hungry stomach before we buy costly gifts , let's hug the person even if we do not like him / her. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all.

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  • Spencer Lobo, Bajpe/Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 25 2014

    Thank You Sir for your beautiful Christmas message. At Ryan, we the children are always Blessed to have you Sir and Madam Pinto as our guide and protector to lead us to live a meaningful life and follow in the footsteps of Christ our Lord. - Spencer Lobo - VIII Peso - RGS Chembur

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  • naveen, udupi

    Thu, Dec 25 2014

    Great words by Mr.Max Lucado.
    Merry Christmas to all.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 25 2014


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    Thu, Dec 25 2014

    Dear Uncle, Thank you for this beautiful message on Christmas Day. God Bless you.

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  • John DSouza, Mangaluru

    Thu, Dec 25 2014

    Indeed, Christmas is the story of hope, peace and goodwill
    Jesus Christ sacrificed his body and blood for human salvation
    One day Christmas makes us to wait for 364 days
    Even after 2000 years, Christ takes birth in the same old shed
    Being our minds and hearts are fully occupied, there is no space for Immanuel
    It is a very sad and unfortunate reality that due to the unlighted candles, the world still suffers the darkness
    We love and like to kiss the Holy Cross, but our life cross are very heavy and bitter for us
    Thank you Dr Pinto for wishing a truly blessed and joyful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2015 for all of us

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 25 2014

    Humanity's greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Saviour Jesus Christ, great message in right time sir!
    God knows our needs more than we know by ourselves!

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 25 2014

    Following is not from me which is very meaningful I quote:


    The first to come and see Jesus when He was born were the shepherds.
    An angel of God appeared to them and gave them the tidings of great joy.
    The glory of God surrounded them and they saw a heavenly host praising God.
    These shepherds came with haste to see Jesus, but it is sad to observe that, unlike the wise men, they gave absolutely nothing to Jesus.
    The Bible does not also say that they bowed before Him or worshipped Him.

    The wise men came to see Jesus from a faraway land—that itself was a sacrifice.
    And when they saw the child Jesus, they “fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts gold, and frankincense, and myrrh” (Matt 2:11).

    The shepherds did not offer anything to Jesus and they are not called wise men.
    However, the ones who came and worshipped Jesus and offered their treasures to Him are called wise men.
    Today too, many come to Jesus like the shepherds—to receive a blessing they cannot be called wise men.
    But those who give their treasures to Jesus and worship Him are indeed wise men. Note that while those who gave gifts to Jesus are called wise men, the rich man who kept everything to himself is called a fool! (Luke 12:20).

    Presenting gold, frankincense and myrrh show offering the spirit, soul and body to Jesus. Gold, frankincense and myrrh also signify acknowledging Christ as king (gold), priest (frankincense) and prophet (myrrh).

    After the wise men worshipped Jesus, offering Him their spirit, soul and body and acknowledging Him as their king, priest and prophet, they did not have to meet Herod or obey him any more—although he had demanded it (Matt 2:8,12).

    Once we accept Jesus Christ as our All-in-all, Herod or Satan has no authority over us and we are free from his power.

    Those who worship Jesus giving Him their all are still wise men.

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