A Christmas Message for All – by Derrick Lawrence

YOLANDA ADAMS  – OH HOLY NIGHT

A Christmas Message for All

Derrick Lawrence

Derrick Lawrence

Hello Everyone!

Grace and peace to all of you,

Today is the last Sunday of Advent. Christians, and even non-Christians in some cases, are now lookingforward to Christmas day, with the same spirit of expectancy, andof hope; peace, joy and love, that characterize the season of Advent.

As you are no doubt aware, the term “Advent” came from the Latin term “Adventus” and means “coming” or “arrival”. This season, which marks the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, as it appears on the Christian Liturgical calendar, is therefore intended to provide time and space for Christians to prepare, not only for the commemoration of the birth of  Jesus the Christ, but also to  reflect and prepare for His glorious return.  

We are encouraged to recall at this time, the prophecies of old, which foretold the coming of Jesus the Christ. Some 600 years before the birth of Jesus, as recorded in his book, Isaiah, the prophet, (7:14), prophesied that:

“….the Lord himself will give you[a] a sign: the virgin[b] will conceive and give birth to a son, and[c] will call him Immanuel,” (which means ‘God with us’)

Again, Isaiah reinforced his prophecy with an even more vivid and accurate description of the “coming” king:

“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”(Isaiah 9:6)

Based on everything we know of Jesus, there can be no doubt that Isaiah was speaking of Jesus the Christ. From a biblical perspective then, the real reason for the seasons of Advent and Christmas is overwhelmingly, to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, and to reflect on preparations for His eventual return.

Yet, during this season, we see a vast departure from the intended sacredness of the season towards a more worldly festival of the over indulgence of the pleasures of the flesh.

In manyparts of the Christian world for example, there seems to be an alarming spike in the number of fatal accidents that occur during the Christmas season due to “drunk driving’. The following was extracted from the internet article cited below the quote:

“In December 2012, 830 lives were lost in “drunk driving” crashes. And, more specifically, during last year’s Christmas holiday (December 21 through December 26) 134 people died in drunk driving crashes. This represents 37 percent of traffic deaths, compared with 31 percent on average for the year. Additionally, over the New Year Holiday (from 6 PM on the 30th to 6 AM on the 3rd), 140 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, which is 39 percent of the total people killed in traffic crashes. (http://www.madd.org/media-center/press-releases/2013/madd-joins-nhtsa-to-eliminate.html)

While some die due to the unnecessary excesses and over indulgence of those who misunderstand or blatantly disregard the sacredness of Christmas, others get sick before and immediately after Christmas, due to the stresses associated with worldly preparations and especially unnecessary overspending for a season that was intended to bring nothing but peace and goodwill to all of us on earth.

In order to avoid the tragedies that are now, unfortunately associated with the season, we must go back to basics and place our focus on the real reason for the season. At the Christ Centered Empowerment Ministries,Inc., (CCEMI), we believe that the greatest and best approach to prepare for Christmas is to ask yourself what would Jesus expect to find if, He showed up at my home on Christmas morning.  How would He want us to spend the day with Him, if he elected to stay at our home for the entire day?

If we keep the “Christ” in “Christ mas” as we prepare for this Big day, chosen to commemorate and celebrate the birth of Jesus, we are more likely to please the Christ we hope to see again when He returns in His glory; the King of Kings.

The Officers and members of the CCEMI,therefore join me gladly,  in extending to you and yours,the very best wishes for a joyous and Christ centered,” merry Christmas”, one that fills you with the peace and love of Christ and encourages you to a life of love, faith, humility and service.

Derrick Lawrence

President   & Founder

Christ Centered Empowerment Ministries, Inc.,

Note: Check us out and“Like”us on FB @

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and on website:  www.christ-centeredemi.org

KIRK FRANKLIN  –   JESUS  IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
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PROFESSOR  PHILMORE – CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS SONG
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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by francis jackson on December 23, 2013 at 4:47 am

    can’t believe what you have developed here Derrick, keep the word alive, god bless. Will catch up with you over the holidays.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Emanuel on January 13, 2014 at 12:43 am

    I am excited for CCEM Inc. and what the Lord is doing in and through you. Your Christmas message was precise, to the point. God continue to inspire and use you.

    Reply

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