The season of Christmas is a time that is celebrated by both secular and spiritual people for different reasons. Some see it as a great time of business driven by giving of gifts. Some others consider it as the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Then there are some who take that season as a time off from work and spend as holiday. The word “Christmas” comes from two Old English words Cristes maesse, which means The Mass of Christ. This comes from the Catholic Mass, the practice where the priest re-offers the sacrifice of Christ on the cross during the time of Communion. On the basis of current Christmas celebrations, one might assume that Jesus was born on the night of December 24/25 in 1 AD. What is the New Testament evidence for the date of Jesus’ birth?
The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5 – 7) is the manifesto of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It goes vastly beyond the Old Testament Law given through Moses. It is the Ten Commandments amplified and expanded. As the Law of the Kingdom, it is the highest ethical teaching in the Bible. It will be the Law of this world in the millennium (1000-year reign of Christ on earth in person as the King) during which time Jesus will enforce every word of it.
Many people follow religious practices as they have been taught, assuming that what they believe and do is right. They take their beliefs for granted, and do not take the time to introspect or prove why they do the things that they do. With regard to Easter, many assume that since millions observe it in honour of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, they think it is found in the Bible and accept it as biblical. What is the authority for your belief? Is it the Bible? If so, let us examine what the Bible says regarding Easter celebration.
In today’s world, many hesitate to accept and believe that there is a creator God behind the entire created order that we look at, feel, and taste. They accept the supposed theory of random chance more readily than the fact of creation by divine design. According to the theory of random chance, the universe and the created order has come to existence merely by random chance and the process of evolution.
Many people live their lives in this world as if it is only this life that matters. They think that making money, achieving some desired status, having certain possessions are all what life is all about. They feel that they should strive to attain such things in life, otherwise they conclude that they didn’t achieve their goals. Sadly, this kind of thinking has permeated the hearts of many professing Christians also. Are all these what life is all about?