Joy to the World! Peace on Earth to man!
The reality is that the people in this world do not seem to have more JOY and PEACE instead the opposite.
A major study released on Monday 19 December 2011 stated “the total number of Christians worldwide at 2.18 billion, or 31.7% - nearly a third – of the global population of 6.9 billion”. (The Sun 21 December 2011) Never before that there are so many Christians in this world and celebrating Christmas together with many non believers. Celebration is certain, Joy and Peace is not very certain. At a brief glance at our nation in general, one cannot be at very ease or in joy when we look at the economy, politics, judiciary, racial and religious harmony, housing and food prices, environmental destruction, theft and security, floods and landslides, abuses, etc. Instead, there are lots of fear, cold sweat and anxieties unfortunately created by the happenings in the nation.
This is almost a situation similar to 2000 years ago when Christ Jesus was born. The world then was politically, economically, socially, judicially unstable and unbalance. It was in such a messy or instable environment that God chose to send His Son Jesus Christ to become humankind. In the midst of hopelessness, God provided hope; in the midst of despair, guidance; numbness, energy; yielding up, passion; darkness, light; dullness, joy; disturbance, peace; indifferent, love. This is the ever sought-after shining STAR that had attracted the Wiseman. A serious faith in the Lord Jesus Christ with deep intentional search for that Light from the Bible will lead us towards the direction of the Will of the Lord.
The JOY and PEACE of this world cannot be found in the political, economic, military, technological, medical, digital, cyber and virtual systems but only in the Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We should take courage with the words of Apostle Paul who said in 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, made his light shine out in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” Do stay in Him, for He will surely open the way for us to see and experience the Light – the same Light in the first Christmas. Get prepared for the doors will be opening soon.
We were extremely blessed this year with the privilege to celebrate Christmas Open Houses with fellow brethren and friends over a 1000 km in Kota Baru, Kuala Terengganu, Kemaman, Kuantan and Spooner Road Ipoh.
|Open House at St Martins' Church KB|
|Open House at Rumah Damai, KT|
|Open house in St Joseph's Church Kemaman|
|Open House in Church of the Epiphany, Kuantan|
|Open House at st Paul's Centre, Spooner Road, Ipoh|
|Christmas Visit to Ray Of Hope Ipoh|
Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas and a Meaningful New Year ahead!!!