Did you ever try to find out why we have so many religions in the world? I come from a country that has a lot of gods. And every day we have a different and new one. They have gods of waters and land, gods of the forest and the air. They do everything that their gods ask, even kill. They sacrifice animals and even children to their gods.
It is common to see some offerings in the streets. That is a kind of food to their gods. The god is the one that asks that. They demand that kind of sacrifice.
We usually used to knock wood three times. That gesture is a religious act. The people believe that the tree has a spirit, so when they knock on wood three times, they are invoking its spirit to come and help or protect them.
In everywhere in this world there is a thirst and hunger for the supernatural. The people want to know God, they want to experience God. There is a need for human beings to see God. Sometimes we create gods that we can see, and control. Religion is a tendency for human beings to find God and know him.
Christianity is totally different. Christianity is religion in the up side down. In Christianity God came to meet human beings. God incarnated in Jesus Christ and lived among us. He walked with us.
In the story narrated by Matthew (Matthew 1:18-23) we have this text: “Matt. 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).” Yes, this is what the prophet said, one of the names of Jesus would be Emmanuel, which means “God with us.”
That is what makes Christianity the opposite of other religions. We don’t need to try to find God. He came to us, He found us. Let me share with you how He did and does that.
I – THE PHYSICAL PRESENCE – The first lesson that we learn is that God is a person. He is not made of wood or clay. He thinks, He feels, and He talks.
In Christ God had a body. He had a face, and feelings. He could suffer and have pain. He could be happy and smile. He could be sad and cry. He could get tired. People could see him, talk to him, and hear him. He walked with us, He lived with us, and He wasn’t far anymore.
He came physically to sympathize with us and to experience our life and struggles. He came physically to show to us His love and interest towards us.
In Jesus God communicates with us. In Jesus we finally find God.
My friend, the presence of Jesus is one of the reasons for the season. His incarnation, presence, and death are crucial for our salvation. He came to pay the penalty for our sins and connect us with God.
His physical presence in this world, living among people, and communicating the message of God through words and deeds is the final demonstration that God loves you and me.
So, when you celebrate Christmas remember that Jesus came to give His life for you, and to show how much God loves you.
Have a blessed week,