Why We Celebrate When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judah according to the Old Testament prophecies, there was a herald . There was a celebration! The Gospel of Luke gave a vivid account of what happened that night .” And so it was that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swadding clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night . And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people . For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger . And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men . And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us . And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger . And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” Again, God in his infinite mercies and wisdom opened the way for the wise men to come from the east to visit the infant Jesus . Matthew gave an eloquent testimony of what transpired, Matthew 2:1- 11 . ” Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him . ……………. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh. ” Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us, in fulfilment of the Old Testament prophecy of Isaiah 7: 14, ” Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Inmanuel.” There are enough evidences to prove that the birth of Jesus is not an ordinary event. JESUS IS GOD’S INCARNATE. He was sent to the earth to take away the sins of the world, to reconcile mankind back to God and restore man back to his original position before the fall in Eden. All these were accomplished through his sacrificial death on Calvary, burial and resurrection. THE BIRTH OF JESUS IS PERHAPS THE GREATEST EVENT IN HISTORY . WITHOUT THE BIRTH, THE SACRIFICIAL DEATH WOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN PLACE. Dear Friends, if you have not accepted Jesus as your LORD and SAVIOUR, this is the time to do so . Give your life to Jesus . Confess him as your personal Lord and Saviour and begin to attend a spirit filled bible church . Begin to enjoy heartwarming fellowship with the people of God. God bless you and your family, Merry XMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.