The Mystery of Christmas
Delivered by ASE Joseph Olorunnisola, December 24, 2006.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called ‘Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government, and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His Kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with Justice from henceforth even for ever.” Isaiah. 9:6-7
Isaiah envisioned a government that was to come, a government that would be under the total control of someone – the celebrant whose birthday is celebrated throughout the living universe at Christmas. His Government would be a Government of peace, love and righteousness. It will be an endless Kingdom. The Supreme ruler would be called ‘Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God – His rule would have no end. He is Christ.
Christmas is not just a holiday; it is the celebration of the birth of peace, divine love, and joy of eternal salvation – it is the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It was at Christ birth that the Supreme King of the new united world to come, was revealed to mankind. A Kingdom that would terminate the era of hopelessness, misery, death, illness, hunger and sorrow, and usher in an era of everlasting glory, peace, joy and eternal life. Christmas is a joyous celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – who is the radiance of the glory of God Almighty. It is not just an holiday.
At Christmas, God Almighty unveiled one of His greatest plans – originally shrouded in mystery. The plan to do away with the current world of sins and wickedness, a world heavily infested by cartilaginous sharks and ruthless predators in its seas, carnivorous and horrific beasts & pythons in its wilderness, devourers, and formidable mountains of wickedness called human beings. A world that is under siege from the unrighteous, brutal and egoistic presidents, rulers that are looters, liars, and tyrants, and princes/princesses that are alien to godliness. The present world is thoroughly perverse.
This current world of total gloom, darkness and misery shall be replaced. ‘But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein. (all the high risers, technologies, ships, aircrafts, computer…etc) shall be burned up” 2 Peter 3:10 No single work of man shall remain.
At Christmas, the seed of the divinely conceptualized plan was sown, at the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the plan was perfected. There will be a New Earth, a new world with many nations. These nations shall be inhabited by people who have been sanctified, certified and justified by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ as righteous, peaceful and of ‘agape’ love.
No ravenous beast, unrighteous or acrimonious human being shall be found there. Is. 35:9. There will be no day or night, sun or moon, the glory of the Lord shall lighten all the nations and the weather shall remain like spring eventide. There will be no night. No gate or door shall be locked, because there will be no element of immorality in all the nations of the earth. No sickness, no misery, no sorrow, no hunger and no death. The heads or minor kings of these various kingdoms/nations shall all remain within one unitary Government/United Kingdom, under one Supreme King – the King of all kings and Lord of all lords – Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind.
His seat and seat of His government shall be in Zion of the New Jerusalem – a city with a wonderful road network of pure/fine gold with structures constructed with rare precious stones like topaz, jasper, chrysopasius, sapphire, chalcedony…etc. Rev. 21 “And all nations and their kings shall continue to bring their honor, glory and offering unto the great King in Jerusalem.” Rev. 21: 24-26 In this on-coming, imminent new world, the Lord says that “before you call, He will answer, and while you are still meditating on anything, it would have been done. The wolf, the lion and the lamb will eat grass and play together with kids. Nothing that can hurt will be found in the new world. Isaiah 65: 23-25. This Zion, is an amazing city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem where human beings – the redeemed, whose names are written in the book of life, will co-exist among the innumerable company of angels, among saints and also have the privilege of seeing face to face, the only mediator of the new covenant – Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior.
As a true believer, remember that Christmas is not just a holiday, but the celebration of the birthday of the King of all kings, the Messiah and the Great Rabonni.
Therefore, like the three wise men, please come into His Sanctuary this week with thanks and offerings befitting a great King who has granted you deliverance from death into eternal life of glory. Also endeavor to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and remember the widows and destitute. More importantly, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, worship God with all your strength, fear Him and keep His commandments, so that your name may be written in the Book of Life.
May the peace and blessing of Christmas and His joy of eternal salvation remain your portion in Christ Jesus name. Amen. Merry Christmas.
ASE Joseph Olorunnisola, December 24, 2004.
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