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Opinions of Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Columnist: Mensah, Richard Obeng

The Best Gifts For Christmas

One of the things I admire about females is the way they adore celebration of birthdays, and of course weddings! However, unlike weddings, birthdays are formally celebrated yearly. It has been jokingly said that, “If you want to remember your wife’s birthday; forget it once!” Thus any real husband who always desire to maintain peace and harmony in his home will fix his wife’s birthday on his almanac. But irrespective of one’s belief, colour, ethnic origin, race, sex and station in life, no person can sidestep the waves of Christmas. Almost everyone celebrates it consciously or unconsciously. Christmas season always blow winds of beauty, calmness, fragrance, glory, peace, reflections, joy and unity across the globe. It is the most unique global festive season. The uniqueness of Christmas season calls for its special celebration. As a special celebration, special gifts need to be exchanged and presented. And the best of the gifts must be presented to the person in whose honour and joy Christmas is celebrated – Jesus!
Christmas is God’s idea. The centre of its special celebration is Jesus. Christmas helps us to appreciate one of the hackneyed attributes of God – Alpha and Omega. Christmas thus denotes the ending of one successful year and the beginning of another new special year. Christmas therefore reminds us that everything begins and ends with Jesus. He is the Author of life and ‘Landlord’ of time. As the ‘Landlord’ of time, Jesus deserves our appreciation in this special season. We must thus spend time in His presence. And in His presence, there is fullness of joy and pleasures for evermore. Truly, “The best gift a person can give to another person is that person’s time”. We must also spend quality time with our families and neighbours. The Magi are credited as wise men because they chose to visit and present gifts such as gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus at His birth. The gold, frankincense and myrrh denote the acknowledgement of the kingship, priesthood and death of Jesus.
Evangelism is another great gift. Evangelism is taking the initiative to preach the good news about Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God. It is the heart beat of God. Thus evangelism is dear to Jesus. The Magi shared the good news of Jesus’s birth with King Herod and his officials. King Herod is a symbol of authorities, governors, principalities, rulers and wicked people. As you visit and spend quality time with others in this Christmas season, let your conversation centre on the good news of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Christmas is one of the best seasons to seek and share Christ with others. We need to discover more of Him and share our findings and testimonies with others.

Richard Obeng Mensah, co-author of 37 Benefits of Reading.