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Birth of the Lamb of God

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December 24 of the Gregorian calendar is not the date of Jesus Christ of Nazareth’s birth.  John the Baptist called Him, “…the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”  [John 1.29]  Lambs are not born in winter but in spring.  That alone tells us we are celebrating not only the wrong day but the wrong season for the birthday of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

As we who now live in the 21st century world know, the date, month and year of a person’s birth form as much as his name to identify the person.  Perhaps there is another Jesus who was born in Bethlehem on December 24 in winter as they are celebrating… but it is definitely not our Lord Jesus.

It is not my purpose here to go back through historical archives as to why the church tradition celebrates 24th December as the birth of our Lord and Saviour.  As with all things, the question is:  What do we do with it until He returns and sets the times right again?

The answer is simple:  We use it.

Christmas is presented as a time for celebration, a time for families to gather, a time for goodwill and a time for giving gifts to friends and family.  So let us do likewise, but let us establish the new tradition – the tradition of the Kingdom of God.

A few days ago, I told the members of the Sydney workshop that this year we will hold the Workshop.  In 2005 we did not have a workshop even though Christmas Eve was also on a Saturday.  And we will celebrate it by giving gifts to the Holy Spirit and to those who are ill.  Thanks to the agreement, we have already been able to give one gift to the Holy Spirit.  As on Wednesday night, a father received the healing of his shoulder from his son’s prayer, and this same man came to report the next day that the symptoms of his cancer had subsided and changed overnight, and he even put on 3kg of weight.

So let us use this occasion to remember that it is the Lord who came to gather the family of God back to His Father, to present us as gifts to Him.  And as we fellowship, let us celebrate the family that God has given us for eternity.  A family not by man’s will, but by God’s will.  A gift purchased by His life and death on a Roman cross.  And like children who have long neglected their father, let’s celebrate with the Holy Spirit – the Father of our spirits – a family reunion and give Him the reception He so deserves.  And to gladden His heart by giving to one another the gifts that He has brought to us from the Father and Jesus, as well as His gifts – the love, the forgiveness, the life and everything that is good and perfect, even harmony.

If there are sick among us, let us heal them for Him so that He will receive praises from astounded and grateful hearts, like the sounds of delight that come from the children of the world when they open their presents.  Let us show those who are yet to know our Father and our God – the Father and God of Jesus Christ – the good and perfect gifts He has prepared for them, and cause our Father’s ears to be filled with the sound of delight from His children, both the lost and the found.  Let us celebrate, but not as the world celebrates.  Let us gather as a family, and not just for one day of the year but everyday.  Let us give each other gifts, not just for one day of the year but everyday.

And since the truth is we only know the season of His birth but not the day, then let us celebrate everyday as the day of His birth until He chooses to let us know the exact day again.  And should He return and catch us unawares, let Him find us celebrating the day He did come in the flesh as a little Baby born in a stable in the town of Bethlehem in the northern spring, because we are expecting Him to return in the flesh and soon.

Let us celebrate because we know the truth.

As the angels declared, “…on Earth peace and goodwill to men on whom His favour rests.” [Luke 2.14 NIV & KJV]  And what favour He has given us, that we should know the truth, that we may love the truth.

Hr. Ed, manager of the Holy Spirit’s Workshop

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