2010-12-22 / Editorial


By F. Leslie Jenkins Jr. Burke Banter Boy

Another Christmas is almost here. I have asked myself, “How will I celebrate Christmas this year? Will I celebrate Christmas once again with an attitude of self indulgence, or will I celebrate with an attitude of giving”? Jesus came as a gift to the world from our Heavenly Father. Jesus came with gifts of salvation, mercy and forgiveness. Along with these three gifts, Jesus offers eternal life if you will only believe He is the Son of God. In Luke 4:18 Jesus quoted from Isaiah these words, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has annointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord”. In verse 21 Jesus declared, “Today the Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Though Jesus came into our world as a humble baby and lived and died a meek and lowly, but perfect life, two thousands years later we celebrate His birthday as our Lord, Savior, King and God. He is our Creator, maker of all things that were ever made. He made each of us and breathed into us the gift of life. Whether you believe in Him or not, whether you love Him or not, He loves you. Though many fail to accept His gifts still He offers them. His righteousness and lovingkindness endures forever. However, His salvation must be accepted now for there may never be another chance.

So, during this Christmas Season of 2010, let us give to each other gifts of love that will bring into our weary world comfort, peace, joy and healing. Pray for those who are sick, feed those who are hungry, give to those who are poor, visit those in prison., spread the gospel to all, especially the rich and intellectual. Make this year your year of personal revival by telling all the world around you the Good News of Jesus Christ. Proclaim Him as the Mighty God He is, was and ever shall be. My prayer is that all of us will be the first bearers of gifts. Gifts of love, gifts of peace, gifts of healing, gifts that come from the depths of our hearts.

Let us forget and forgive any hard feelings we have for anyone. Let this Christmas be a time of reconciliation to God and our neighbors. Go to your brothers or sisters in love and seek reconciliation. Go to your place of worship, fall on your knees repent and ask God’s forgiveness. All these things, I will try earnestly to do during this Christmas Season. Never before has the world needed repentance and forgiveness more. We are a lost and dying world, yet millions fail to grasp this dire and chilling fact. Only by turning to Jesus can all Christmases turn into Happy and Joyous Seasons.

I realize that in some ways I have presented a bleak and dreary look at the Holidays, but I feel that by turnng from selfishness and vindictiveness to giving and forgiving, new blooms of joy and love will find there way into our hearts. This is CHRISTMAS the day the CHRIST was born. We celebrate it as God’s greatest gift to mankind. We celebrate CHRISTMAS because JESUS is called WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, and the PRINCE OF PEACE. HE is the KING OF KINGS and the LORD OF LORDS and to Him every knee shall bow and every tongue confess.

To you all I wish the happiest and merriest of Christmases and a New Year filled with the best of the best. May goodness fill your lives, may you have the Spirit of God in your souls, and may peace abound in your daily life.

You can reach F. Leslie Jenkins Jr., Burke Banter Boy, by email at: f291@bellsouth.net

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