From the Desk of Pastor Jan …… Second Christmas

The Christian World is in celebration this April 9, 2023, Easter Sunday! Theologically it is called Resurrection Sunday. In the Philippines, we commonly use the term Pasko ng Pagkabuhay (Christmas Resurrection) or Second Christmas.

We see the similarities of the first and second Christmas. Jesus Christ came to bring redemption for all.

The Angels and shepherds announce with great joy the birth of the Messiah. An Angel and women disciples testify with amazement the resurrection of the King of Kings. Jesus Christ’s birth was the manifestation of Isaiah’s prophecy: “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 NKJV ) <!–split–>

His resurrection was the realization of Isaiah’s another proclamation: “He will swallow up death forever. The LORD God will wipe tears from every face; he will remove his people’s disgrace from off the whole earth, for the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 25:8 CEB)

The sole reason for these two Christmases is God’s love for all, clearly stated in the Gospel of John: “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” John 3:16 (The Message)

Our celebration of Easter must be as joyful and hopeful as Christmas. We should sing one of Charles Wesley hymns in full gusto like we sing Joy to the World!

“Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!

Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!

Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!

Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!

Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!”

Love comes down on Christmas, Love raises up in Easter!