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What effect does Christmas have on you?

Thomas Vaga, E.E.L.K. piiskop electus - 2018

With whom do we personally meet in a holy way? A medieval Estonian poem tells about Jesus coming to Estonia to walk among her people. His footsteps become holy places amongs the people and on the land. The location of His steps became holy because He brought the holiness of heaven down to earth.

In the church of Nativity in Betlehem there is a silver star on the floor of the cave underneath the church to mark the place of His birth. Christians from all over the world come to view and venerate it as the place where Jesus was born. Groups pray and sing Christmas hymns there. I have had the opportunity to sing with Estonian tourist group “Silent night, Holy Night”.   

nativity grotto

The birthplace of Jesus in the Grotto of the Nativity.

 Image courtesy of Mark87 at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The place in Bethlehem however is not the only place where Jesus walked and where He has left His Heavenly holy footprints. Jesus walks among us today. Do we recognise Him who has come from heaven to be amongs us. We meet with Him in a special holy way in church. Especially during the Christmas service. All Christmas hymns that we sing tell us that He has come. Sometimes it seems that songs about Santa Claus are more real to people than hymns about Jesus. Think about it, about whom you have told more to your children and grandchildren: Jesus or Santa Claus. The heavenly coming of Jesus should win over all questioning and doubting especially during the holy Christmas service When we sing “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King. Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room, and heav’n and nature sing.” This new born King is Jesus Christ.

As your pastor and fellow Christian I wish you, dear friends, a blessed Christmas with Jesus and a healthy and blessed year of the Lord 2019.


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