FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 564
Christmas in Captivity
The joy of Christmas is Jesus.
READ: Isaiah 9:1–7
On those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2
Rev. Martin Niemoller, a prominent German pastor, spent nearly eight years in Nazi concentration camps because he openly opposed Hitler.
On Christmas Eve 1944, Niemoller spoke these words of hope to his fellow prisoners in Dachau: “My dear friends, on this Christmas . . . let us seek, in the Babe of Bethlehem, the One who came to us in order to bear with us everything that weighs heavily upon us. . . . God Himself has built a bridge from Himself to us! A dawn from on high has visited us!”
At Christmas we embrace the good news that God, in Christ, has come to us wherever we are and has bridged the gap between us. He invades our prison of darkness with His light and lifts the load of sorrow, guilt, or loneliness that weighs us down.
On that bleak Christmas Eve in prison, Niemoller shared this good news: “Out of the brilliance that surrounded the shepherds a shining ray will fall into our darkness.” His words remind us of the prophet Isaiah, who prophetically said, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isa. 9:2).
No matter where today finds us, Jesus has penetrated our dark world with His joy and light!
— David McCasland
Surely the Stones will Cry O.I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out. —Luke 19:40
Every year it seems that Christmas becomes more and more commercialized. Even in nations where the majority of people call themselves “Christian,” the season has become more about shopping than worshiping. The pressure to buy gifts and plan elaborate parties makes it increasingly difficult to stay focused on the real meaning of the holiday—the birth of Jesus, God’s only Son, the Savior of the world.
But every holiday I also hear the gospel coming from surprising places —the very places that so commercialize Christmas—shopping malls. When I hear “Joy to the World! The Lord is come; let earth receive her King” ringing from public address systems, I think of the words Jesus said to the Pharisees who told Him to silence the crowds who were praising Him. “If they keep quiet,” Jesus said, “the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40 niv).
At Christmas we hear stones cry out. Even people spiritually dead sing carols written by Christians long dead, reminding us that no matter how hard people try to squelch the real message of Christmas, they will never succeed.
Despite the commercialism that threatens to muddle the message of Christ’s birth, God will make His good news known as “far as the curse is found.”
Keeping Christ out of Christmas is as futile as holding back the ocean’s tide.
First Christmas celebrated on Dec, 25 was in 336AD. In the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine because he was the first Christian Roman Emperor, few year later Pope Julius 1 officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th of December.
Some archeologist reveal that, the early church celebrated Christmas on January 6th.Some other christian groups celebrate Christmas in October. Can someone tell us exactly date of Christ birth?? Merry Christmas to all my family and friends….
It is a privilege to have u all in my life, u r all loved and appreciated in my own way.
Pls remember that this season is all about the Lord Jesus Christ and the best gift u could give Him is by winning a soul to Him… take the opportunity of being surrounded by ur loved ones and preach the Gospel!! that way u will make the angels in heaven celebrate and the Lord will be well pleased with u!!!
Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year in Advance
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Buhari Vs Killer Fulani Herdsmen
The 1983 coup came at the right time…it was a saving grace because we were already feeling the heat, the average Nigerian of middle class economy could not afford these essential commodities. I remember that the lovable 10kobo bread I used to eat every morning as breakfast became 25kobo, my elder bro and I would have to share one, also, Dad and Mum would share another one, thereby giving rise to the family expenditure compared to the meagre pay back then. At 10kobo per medium size loaf of bread, we spent 60Kobo every morning, but @ 25kobo, daily expenditure on breakfast rose to N1.50k, 150% increase.
Where was the Hollander milk, the Peak milk? We found it hard to adjust to the Nido powder milk. The economy remained almost comatose until Buhari/Idiagbon came in.
However, I will not be part of the naivity being exhibited on this issue because I was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that only people that are deficient in morals as well as not disciplined, complained about the power seizure of December 31st 1983. People with the opinion that the country would have become paradise on the earth should the 2nd republique not aborted, have wandered off reality of the needs to save Nigeria from the hands of these same corrupt politicians. Instead, I would prefer they opined that Nigeria Independence should have not happened until two (2) decades later than the 1960. The fear is still in them. Thank you.