Pastor Bong Gonzales
Before migrating here in Canada, December is a very lively and Christ-centered month. Especially to us who came from a nation whose only hope is God! As we adjust to the new home and country, we found that December is not the same as to where we came from, there we greet each other "Merry Christmas." Here we will be greeted "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings".
Its because our society here does not want to offend those who don't believe the Messiah. Well, not in the Scripture, for there, we found the record why this month is something to really celebrate. Its not because there are more sales in the malls, neither because we have lots of invitations for almost all special events, but simply because this is the celebration of the most awaited "Messiah". He has been prophesied thousand of years before His birth. Many still do not know He already came, some are still waiting for another one, which for them is better than Him. But who can meet up with His credentials? He is born of a virgin, fulfilled all prophesies in the book of the prophets and of course, rose from the dead!
We have found the Messiah!!! A proclaimed word of those who believed Him! Like the early apostles, our message to the world should be "We have found the Messiah!!! For many are still lost in hope, tortured by shame, in bondage of sin and living in hopelessness! This Christmas season, may the true celebration come to the heart of many if not to all! "The messiah has come" He is the center of this season!
Christmas spirit is not in the month, its in the "Man." He came to bring salvation to all mankind, but like a gift we must accept Him, by believing in Him!
But how can they know HIm, if we who knows Him are not as bold as those who were before us in Him? They were willing to give up their lives for Him who gave His life for us!
May we also go to our friends, relatives and area of influence and tell them "We have found the Messiah" and bring them to Him!
Its our moral duty to bring people to Him, for that's what right minded people should do, after receiving so much blessings, like peace, health and freedom. Let us celebrate this season by proclaiming that "The Messiah has come". He is the Christ, the Savior, and whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life!!!
Let's give to them what we have found: Christ Jesus, "The Messiah"!
If you came across this message and have not yet found Him, well He is just a prayer away! He is alive and can give you what you are looking for. Actually only Him can give! The life ever lasting, the peace that passes all understanding, the joy overflowing and the acceptance without condition! An unconditional love!!!
God bless and Till next time!!!
Encouraging notes from JIL Canada local church Pastors and Coordinators!
Alness (North York)
Jesus Is Lord Church is a Philippine-based, Christ-centred Full-Gospel Christian Church that is doing ministry work since 1978. It is currently present in 55 countries around the world. In 1987 Jesus Is Lord Church started its ministry work in Canada and found a home in 8 of its provinces today - British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.