"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
Belated Blessed Christmas to everyone! =D Christmas season is a magical season as said by some, but the truth is that Christmas isn't Christmas if Christmas is without Christ! Tongue twister... oh well. Christmas is a day of celebration for the birth of the world's Savior, Jesus Christ. It is however not the actual birthday of Christ as popularized by the media, but rather a season to commemorate His birth. The actual birthday of Jesus Christ as estimated should fall between the month of Sept and Oct. However, no matter which day is the actual birthday, let us not forget that the birth is more important than the date itself.

So why do the world's Savior needs to come in the form of a babe, especially that we often heard christians saying that Jesus is God? Why did God come in flesh to save the world when He could always just snapped His finger and it's done? Before we can attempt that question, it's important to recognise that all men has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Sin isn't merely committing murders and rapes, but if I do tell you that extra-marital affairs is a sin, we can wonder how many have not sinned in regards to this area, in this adulterous generation. Sin, as properly defined, covers even the sin of not doing what we know should be done. I tell you, a very small thing like giving up a seat in the MRT to the needy when we know we ought to, can be classified as sin. A lip fight to our parents can be classified as a sin, and the like. So how many have not sinned under this light of the definition of sin? Sad to say, there's none. And the penalty for sins is death. Bad news isn't it?

But wait, the very reason why Jesus Christ has came is the good news. He came to save us from death! In the Bible, death is always portrayed as an intruder, an enemy of man. It does make sense now isn't it? Man dies because of sin, while Jesus came to save us from death. And how did He do it, it is by dying on the cross for our sins that we may received forgiveness of sins. But why did He need to die? People often said that if Jesus is God, He could have save himself from the torture and humiliation on that cross. The answer is simply because sin requires a penalty that is death. If we are to live in spite of our sins, someone has to die for our sins. And this person has to be sinless on his part, which leaves Jesus Christ the only person who fulfilled the requirement of being sinless, because He is both God and man.

It is through being born as a babe and growing as a man, that Jesus identifies with us. We should be more appreciative and be in awe that God who created the universe, giving up His glory above, would come in the lowly form of man to identify with man. Which kings has done this for his subjects? The cross is a symbol of grace of God to man, may you be found by the grace this festive season. Merry Christmas!