A Baby is Born
Have you walked into a mall recently? What are the songs you usually hear? That’s right - it’s all about the season! As I was growing up, the songs I would hear in every mall and supermarket at this time of the year were all about Christmas.
I really enjoy this time of the year and the general positive attitude and sense of giving that envelopes the world. Despite our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ being officially born sometime during the middle of the year, the reminiscing of the nativity story is still one that touches the hearts of people from all nations, without question.
I was reading just this week about the angel that came down to announce the arrival of the new born baby. It got me thinking, and I’d like you to go on an “imagination journey” with me. Imagine an angel in heaven who has just been looking at the celestial hourglass (or at least that is how my imagination pictures it), as the final granules of sand fall to the bottom half of the glass, thus indicating that “Jesus is being born now on earth”. Imagine all of the angels celebrating and singing songs, “A baby is born, a baby is born…”. Imagine the billions of angels singing songs of praise. Imagine now Gabriel the archangel, with massive gargantuan wings walk to the edge of heaven, preparing to launch himself down to earth. He has just been appointed the role of coming down to earth to join in the celebrations with the humans, to rejoice with those who are rejoicing over the birth of Jesus.
As this angel swiftly descends to planet earth, tears cascade down his angelic cheeks as the silence is almost deafening - nobody is ready! Nobody knows that Jesus Christ, the saviour of the world, has been born. What a sad, sad situation. Imagine how the angel felt. Actually, imagine how God the Father felt. God the Father, gave His only son to the world as a special gift, and yet the world, didn't even know the gift had arrived.
Imagine buying a special gift for your mum and placing it under the tree waiting for the day to come where she can unwrap the gift and see how much you love her. However, on that special day, mum walks past the gift and doesn't even notice it is there. Why, she even bumps into the gift and eventually squashes the gift with the only excuse being, “Well, I didn’t know it was important.” How would you feel? You put in so much effort to get the perfect gift and now, it appears, that mum doesn’t even care.
Of course this is not how it will be in our homes, but we know that this is exactly what it was like for God the Father and for Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was born on earth over 2,000 years ago and what a special day that was for all people, nations, kindreds and tongues. Let us today not forget the special gift that was given to humanity over 2000 years ago and let us celebrate His birth by giving to others and showing each other that we care.
I want to thank you all for a special 2017. Congratulations to our Year 12 students for completing a significant part of your lives. Farewell to those who are leaving us (please come back and say hello!) and to all those returning - please stay safe, lookout for each other, please swim between the flags or for children, please stay close to your parents, especially whilst at the beach, and enjoy each other this holiday season.
I know we will see you at the Presentation Nights, but until then, and if we do not get to see you, may God bless you all as you take your holidays next week.
Let’s remember the reason for the gift of Jesus Christ this holiday season!
See you next year, God bless!
Mr Sonny Aiono