Christmas message of Bishop Efraim M. Tendero, D.D., D.L. National Director, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches
Our nation has faced many blows and endured a lot of sufferings. Yet we are standing resilient and strong because God never left us on our own. The birth of Christ that the world celebrates today guarantees the presence of God among us.
Christ is called Emmanuel which means “God is with us” (Matthew 1:23). His incarnation is the manifestation of God’s presence among us. This is substantiated by the way He is described in the Epistle to the Hebrews 1:2-3. Jesus is the CHRIST. He is the:
Chosen one—“whom He appointed the heir of all things.” He is the anointed One who has full authority over all things in this world.
Head of all Creation—“through whom also He created the world.” As the creator of this planet Earth He has sovereign rule over us and guarantees His care upon us.
Reflection of the Father—“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature.” Though He became fully human, He is still fully divine as the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in Him (Colossians 1:19).
Infinite power—“He upholds the universe by the word of His power.” All the planets and the stars are kept in their position in the vast universe by Jesus’ power. If He carries the weight of the world upon His shoulders, then we know that He will carry all of us with our problems and burdens.
Savior – “After making purification for sins,” Jesus Christ took human form to enable
Him to have a substitutionary death in our behalf, so we can be saved from the power and penalty of sin.
Triumphant King – “He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords that sits on heaven’s throne.
Whatever we face in our lives today and in the future, we can be secure and confident because the birth of Jesus brought the presence, power and peace of God among us.
He is Emmanuel- God is with us!
Merry Christmas to all!