A Christmas Message from a CWG
Below is the content of an electronic Christmas message from a CWG - Christians in The Royal Bank of Scotland. It was requested and sent out by the organisation’s Multicultural Network. What we love about this Christmas message is the personal testimony by the CWG Chair that dispels the myth that being born into a family in the UK makes you a Christian even if you celebrate Christian festivals such as Christmas.
A Christmas Message to All
Christmas is a Christian holy day that marks the birth of Jesus, whom Christians believe to be the Son of God. It is traditionally celebrated on the 25th December (or 7th January for Orthodox Christians) by people around the world.
Christmas means many things to many different people. For some it is a time for fun and excitement and for others a time for relaxation with friends and family. I am the only Christian in my family but it doesn't stop us all from getting together to celebrate, to share presents and a good old Christmas dinner. It's a chance to share God's love and spend quality time with my family. My sister always has the Nativity scene on her mantelpiece amongst all the various Christmas decorations. This year we are going to sing Christmas carols, as one of my nieces has bought a ukulele and has been practising for the last few months so we can sing along.
However, for the Christian, Christmas is something altogether different. During this time we celebrate what we believe is the greatest present ever given. God loved the world so much that He gave us His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Christmas gifts come in different shapes and sizes; for many, the bigger the gift, the more deserving the recipient. However, God did something unexpected with His gift, as we did not deserve it nor did we earn it. He gave it to all, no matter their social standing, wealth or power – a gift for all.
This gift from God is what we call the perfect gift, comprising forgiveness for the wrongs we have committed and a completely new start no matter what our situation. What God asks of us is to accept this gift by believing in His Son and following Him. This is done by getting to know Him (by reading our Bible and through prayer) and trusting Him with our own lives by entering into a real personal relationship with Him.
At Christmas, many churches retell the account of Jesus’ birth, and children get to dress up as shepherds, angels or as Mary and Joseph or the Magi. Church services are held across the world on Christmas day to celebrate the birth of Jesus and that God has shown Himself to the world.
Jesus' birth, known as the Nativity, is described in the Bible in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Jesus was born to a woman called Mary who was engaged to Joseph, a carpenter. The Bible teaches that Mary was a virgin when she became pregnant and was visited by an angel who brought the message that she would give birth to God's Son.
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The committee wish you all a Happy Christmas
Isaiah 9:6-7: 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. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.