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John 12:41-43 These things said Isaiah, because he saw his glory; and he spake of him. Nevertheless even of the rulers many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess [it], lest they should be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the glory [that is] of men more than the glory [that is] of God.

Yesterday when I sent the message against ChristMass and I go not a so good response of people wondering why I was speaking against a tradition which Christians have been following since years and years.

When one asks any Christian how did this celebration of ChristMass started, they will be totally ignorant of it.

One would be surprised on its origins. One aspect talks of the Catholic Church holding a Mass to avoid people from celebrating a pagan festival in the 4 or 5 century and the infant was bought in only in the 8th century. But this was not a global event and was restricted to a region. The more interesting story is that it was a commercial company named Coco-Cola who actually made ChristMass a global event what it is today. It was in 1920s that they started advertising ChrisMass and made it a commercial celebration which is continued today by any and every one irrespective of being or not being a Christian. What is amusing is today we find Christian trying hard to induce Christ into a commercial celebration.

ChristMass is to do with celebrating Christ as much as Diwali is to do with celebrating light.Today’s message tells us about many people who believed in Christ including rulers / people in top positions in government / Jewish Church who feared to confess all because they feared the self-proclaimed religious police – the Pharisees. The other aspect of the scripture says they loved the praises of these people.

The Pharisees were keeper of traditions which they called as ‘law’. These traditions were claimed to be of God but in reality had nothing to do with God. If Jesus was alive today as man He would have been the first man to destroy the so called cribs and decorations which people put up in His name. People who would sent Him ChristMass wishes would have received scriptures back which would rebuke them.

It is time Christians spiritually wake up and open their spiritual eyes. It is time we pray for wisdom more than knowledge.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord made all things perfect and good. It is doubt and disbelieve that corrupted all things that is why your Word says only the Truth can bring the change and set us free. Lord we pray we seek the truth more than the praises or justification of man…

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Isaiah 6:4-10

4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts.

9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn again, and be healed.

John 7:48-51

48 Hath any of the rulers believed on him, or of the Pharisees?

49 But this multitude that knoweth not the law are accursed.

50 Nicodemus saith unto them (he that came to him before, being one of them),

51 Doth our law judge a man, except it first hear from himself and know what he doeth?

Matthew 10:32 Every one therefore who shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven.

Proverbs 29:18 Where [there is] no vision {sight – understanding}, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy [is] he.

Bro Rollwyn

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