your best Christmas present

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

When you meet a person with such personality, always loving, caring and faithful, would that be a wonderful Christmas gift?

A prophet named Jeremiah penned this. For all that we know this man had a nickname “the weeping prophet”. Why was he weeping? And it wasn’t an isolated incident, he wept so often and so much people called him “the weeping prophet

Jeremiah wept not for his own loss, not for the lack of Christmas presents, but for something which went missing among the people.

If we look around us, one thing which is most lacking and something we really needed – love, care and warm hearts. Where Jeremiah was, his society had grown so cold, so dark, people turned on each other for the sake of their own survival. But it seems so common in the world we live in. Why does it matter?

When we are so deep into our own darkness, we lost sight of true love..

People in society may be educated to think self-willed and everything you do for the sake of survival are just part of basic human instinct. But we had been blinded to our real DNA.

In the beginning God created Man in His image and likeness.

Our basic human instinct is the expression of love, and the measure of our love can only be found in what we do to others.

When God created Man, we were designed with great capacities to love God and love people. We were talented to serve God and serve people. We were gifted to be channels of blessing from God to people and from people to people.

Israel as a nation was chosen to broadcast the message of God’s love and sovereignty to all of humanity, by living and expressing the love of God among themselves. In the days of Jeremiah he saw the opposite of what was to be practiced.

Light turned to darkness. Human hearts went cold. Israel lost her love and passion for God.

When Israel lost her love for God, she loved herself in darkness. People failed in the most basic and fundamental expression of love and kindness towards God and towards people.

God remains faithful. God’s faithfulness was to bring people back on track, to live in the light of His love again.

In those dark cold days, Jeremiah was God’s gift to the nation. Jeremiah was gifted to put back that warm into the hearts of his people. Jeremiah was a candle in the midst of a massive dark stormy society.

As the days of men passed, Jeremiah life passed. But this flame to warm the hearts of people was never snuffed.

a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. (Isaiah 42:3)

When Israel fell into the hands of the Roman, the people felt enough is enough. Let’s put our house in order and never be slaves to our enemies again. But people were still confused about methods of loving God and loving people.

While the people were in anticipation of their deliverance they saw a man who reassembled “the weeping prophetJesus of Nazareth.

When Jesus was a boy, people noted His love and passion for God. Scholars at the temple were amazed of His understanding of God. (Luke 2:47)

When Jesus was a carpenter, the people who consulted His expertise never had to worry about lousy cabinet. His wisdom and honor went with His work and words. (Luke 2:52)

When Jesus started to preach, people were amazed by His grace (Luke 4:22)

That candle light flame in the midst of a massive dark stormy society when God sent Jeremiah, by the time of Jesus the people saw a great light. In fact that light was so bright people were running to it from the North, from the South, from the East and from the West.

The Romans were talking “who is this man?”

Once again light return to darkness. The people who opened their hearts to Jesus were ignited to care and to share. Once again we learned to love God and love people. People were satisfied by the love of God.

Jesus led the ways to love God and love people.

When Jesus was made to carry the cross, darkness and coldness of hearts raged to snuff the flame of God like in the days of Jeremiah. But the light of God’s truth penetrated that deep darkness of human hearts –

Jesus said “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

While Jesus went to the cross, Pilate was the only Gentile who made a public witness to the Jews “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” (John 19:19)

When Jesus died a Roman centurion confessed Truly this was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:54)

Jesus was God’s greatest gift for mankind and Jesus represented the forgiveness of God that man may repent.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness

This great gift from God is so contagious, so expandable and full of passion; the grave could not hold it and the dead had to be resurrected.

In the days of Jesus’ public ministry, people were coming from the North, from the South, from the East and from the West to catch that fire of God to love again. After Jesus was resurrected and ascended – this fire of God’s love went out towards the North, the South, the East and the West to every nations, tongues and tribes.

This Christmas, it really does not matter if Santa Clause gets stuck in the chimney or if his rein-deers went on strike. Even deers need their holidays right?

Even if Hideyo Noguchi 野口 英世, Ichiyō Higuchi 樋口 一葉, and Fukuzawa Yukichi 福澤 諭吉 all went missing. Fear not.

Jesus’ cares and love for you never fails to arrive at the door step of your heart and it does not cost a dime or a yen to receive.

Jesus led the ways to love God and love people and we need to catch this fire of love from Jesus