Christmas is the most celebrated event on earth for several hundreds of years now and usually takes place towards the end of the Gregorian calendar year used by most citizens of the earth and by Christians everywhere. Christendom celebrates the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, with pomp and pageantry. However, there were certain characters in the bible who were historically instrumental during the first Christmas, hence there must be contemporary lessons for us all to learn from these historical characters of Christmas.
I will be using the two accounts mentioned in the Bible as my text today, hence the scriptures below to draw inspiration for us all from what happened about two millennial past.
“now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in 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. When Herod the king heard these things he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him.” Matt 2 v 1-3.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling 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..” Luke 2 v 7-10
Below are the five (5) Characters of Christmas
- HEROD THE KING: Herod was the king of Judea who felt threatened by the birth of the King of glory on earth, he was so scared of losing his temporary dominion that he had to order the brutal massacre of infants in the land in his bid to stop God’s will . We all should learn from this negative character of Christmas, we must never fight an IDEA from God even if it is meant to unsettle us in our comfort zones. We can’t win any battle against God and the Prophetic will happen with or without us.
- WISE MEN: These were men who used magic (the Magi) to discern the birth of the Son of God. They travelled thousands of kilometres to see baby Jesus and worship Him with their substances. The moral lesson is that we should be ready to Worship the King with our substances, today people celebrate Christmas by giving gifts, hampers, etc. Wisdom should enable us to give our Gold (precious), Frankincense (perfume), and Myrrh to the King of kings.
- ANGELIC HOSTS IN WORSHIP: Apostle Luke tells us about angelic hosts who showered praise and worship when Jesus was born, which is why many churches run carol services in remembrance of this great concert. We must play the role of angels during this hallowed season by looking for shepherds or people who will spread the good news of His birth to others. Be angelic today by finding some people or set of individuals to share this gospel with. This is the best evangelistic season of all time.
- SHEPHERDS THAT KEPT WATCH BY NIGHT: The emphasis for me is the night. These were shepherds who kept watch at night. We must understand that the night seasons are sensitive seasons and He will come like a Thief in the night. We should go out and spread the gospel not just as the Angels told us but after we have witnessed it. We should ask God for a testimony during this season to share. (Luke 2 v 15-20). Shepherds are like pastors today, hence God wants pastors to go and spread the news of His birth.
- JOSEPH THE JUST MAN: The Bible called Joseph a just man (Matt 1 v 19), because he didn’t do what the law required to be done, most certainly because he didn’t follow cultural dictates for discarding an adulterer. Most people will call Joseph ‘weak’ today, many more will believe he may have been ‘jazzed’, yet God called him ‘just’ not because he accepted adultery but because he wanted to take Mary away privately (Matt 1 v 19). We should learn from Joseph’s act today by covering multitudes of sins after all that is the proof of love.
These are my 2 cents today and hope it has inspired you greatly.
Yomi Kasali (Rev)