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Christmas message from Catholicose Aboon Mor Baselious Thomas I

CHRISTMAS THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

Let's thank god for giving us an opportunity to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ our savior. Christmas is the time of happiness and celebration all over the world. The celebration has become a business for the people in the modern world. In the midst of celebrations, the spiritual meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ has often been forgotten.

In true sense, Christmas is the celebration of Life. The birth of Jesus Christ reveals the life giving God's involvement in history. Verses John 10.10 gives the great message of birth of Jesus Christ. "I have come that they might have life, and they might have it more abundantly." In this verse lord has given us the purpose of His coming. Jesus Christ was born in this world to give His life for all.

Life is an important subject in the Holy Bible. It is used more than 35 times in the gospel of St. John. In the holy bible, life is considered as the gift of God because the base of nature and life is God himself. In Old Testament God is represented as a living god. (1st Samuel 17: 26 to 36) The concept of living God clearly assures us the fact that God provides life. Only God can provide life and sustain it.

The incarnate birth of Jesus testifies that the living God dwelt among us. The living God of Old Testament is completely seen in Jesus. Jesus Christ makes the subject more clear in St. John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth and the life"

Jesus Christ provides life by fighting against all the evil forces. The purpose of god's kingdom is re-construction of life. The ministry of Jesus Christ displays that all the obstacles were taken away to keep life in its fullness. St. Like 4:18, 19 clearly gives the message of the birth of Jesus Christ and that all facts that object life is revealed and given to men.

The Christmas celebration of this year is an invitation for all of us to be a part in Gods ministry for providing life. Many lives are being aborted due to the reformation of world economy and consumerism; it is the main hindrance for the prosperous growth of man's life in this modern society. This truth reinforces that abortion is an act against God himself.

Today not only is man's life but also nature's existence is in danger. We must work hand in hand to put into practice the important purpose of the birth of Jesus Christ. Let a Christian's duty be celebration of life. The Christmas celebration of this year challenges us to keep life prosperous which is given by god. Along with that let us pray for the people who lost their life in Mumbai terrorist attack and other crisis in this modern world.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

H.B. MOR BASELIOUS THOMAS IST
Catholicose Of India & Metropolitan Trustee
Jacobite Syrian Christian Church

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