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Christmas and New Year Greetings from GEMS Family

Christmas Greetings from Bro. D. Augustine Jebakumar, the General Secretary of GEMS.


Dear Prayer Partner in Christ,

Christmas Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! 
Let us remember that He was born on this earth to unite us to God the Father and to Himself in a relationship and that ‘‘He is not ashamed to call us as His brethren’’ (Heb 2:11). We have come to the end of the year and it is time for us to evaluate our lives and prepare for the forthcoming year, just as businesses audit their profits and losses and prepare themselves. This being the Christmas season, it is paramount that we make our celebrations meaningful and purposeful in such a way as to proclaim Jesus as much as possible to those who do not know Him and bring them into a relationship with God.

As we grapple with the prevailing socio-political scenarios in India, we may wonder how one can possibly proclaim or celebrate the birth of Jesus. Over the years, we have witnessed the cancer of vandalism, vigilantism, hatred and persecution spreading, perpetrated by vested interests, aligned to certain narrow ideologies, and at times, overtly or covertly supported by politicians for their own narrow ends. Their mindless actions breed intolerance and divisions in the society leading to lack of peace and breaking of unity and relationships. In such dire situations we must remember the truth that God sent His dear Son to be born on earth to restore relationships. ‘‘Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift’’ (2 Cor 9:15).

How can we deal with this important subject of restoring relationships? It begins with reconciliation. Remember what the Lord said, ‘‘Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering’’ (Mat 5:23-24). How many of us remember this exhortation?

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