By Bishop Osinando Quillao
One of the qualities of Christmas is its ability to make people a bit more generous and thankful. It’s typical to see people giving as well as receiving during this time of the year.
If giving and being grateful is something we could do to our fellow men, isn’t it more fitting that we show God more how much we are thankful to Him, since He is the reason why we have Christmas?
In hindsight, the attitude of gratefulness is God’s will, while ingratitude is the mark of a life devoid of God (1 Thessalonians 5:18, Romans 1:21). Hence, since it is the Lord who has given us something incomparably valuable, it is only right that we offer a thanksgiving to Him. And whatever God has given us, He gave those to us through His Son, Christ Jesus!
So who then is Jesus to us?
1. Savior – Luke 2:11, Ephesians 1:17
The coming of Jesus Christ provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins. Had the Lord did not forgive us when we repented, a disastrous end awaits us. Even the whole world would not suffice to pay for our sins. That’s how unlovable we were, yet God still loved us. And because of Him, we now have redemption through Jesus Christ. Because of Him, we won’t be judged anymore. Today, we have the Lord Jesus as our mediator and intercessor (Psalm 103:3, Matthew 25:41, 1 Thessalonians 1:9, Mark 8:36, Titus 3:3-5, 1 Corinthians 1:30, Romans 8:1, 1 John 2:1).
2. Defender – Luke 18:7-8, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8
As we server God, we will suffer all kinds of injustices and persecutions by the world. But Jesus Christ is our defender and protector against these schemes of the enemy and by those who want us ruined (Romans 12:19).
God through Jesus Christ is our greatest provider and blesser. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessings, foremost among these blessings, is our calling and election as His people (Ephesians 1:3-4, Titus 3:7). God’s blessings also include the material and the physical and everything in between such as: healing from our sicknesses (Psalm 103:3), protection from dangers (Psalm 103:4, 119:9, 116:3), provisions of good things (Psalm 103:5, 111:5).
As far as we are concerned, having experienced the love of God, the birth of Jesus Christ is truly worth giving thanks God for. Let us follow the example of those early servants of God. They gave their best offerings unto Him. Joseph and Mary gave up their honor, the shepherds left their flocks to proclaim the news of God’s birth, and the Magi from the East gave expensive and precious gifts.
Christmas is a time of giving our best offerings and thanksgiving gifts. Let us offer our best to the One who was born to save us. And the promise of God to those who would do so is that He will save them in their times of tribulation and difficulties (Psalm 50:14-15, 23).