Since the epochal tragedy at the Garden of Eden, Freedom has been man’s greatest need. This need has become even more urgent in this age of the last days, when satan as a roaring lion is walking about seeking whom to destroy, knowing that he will soon be killed by God Almighty through Jesus Christ. Man more than ever before, needs to be freed from a multitude of fears and a multiplicity of wants brought about by satan the devil: the fear of terminal illnesses, poverty, terrorism, accidents on air, land and sea, etc., and above all the fear of death.
Several individuals, have taken it upon themselves to free their people from the bands that have held them hostage. Some were well meaning. Others were self-serving opportunists who only preyed on their people’s fears. But whatever the case, their efforts have all either proved to be temporary palliatives, or have left their people worse off than they were before. People of the world are still addicted to evil tendencies that have made them wolves to one another. Homosexuality and lesbianism are being accepted as normal by an increasing number of people in the world while such vices as greed, hatred, pride, violence still plague mankind. In as much as people have given themselves to satisfying their wayward impulses in complete defiance of the word of God, and have therefore been imprisoned to carnality, their troubles will continue to multiply. In other words, irrespective of the devil’s vile influence, the distress among the nations of the world today is partly their own making.
Jesus Christ came to this world, suffered humiliation and rejection and was put to death on the tree to free mankind from their sufferings. (Luke 4:18-20) No man could have undertaken this task successfully, for the reason that they were all born imperfect. (Psalm 49:6-12). In the words of Apostle Paul Jesus Christ “gave himself for our sins that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father”. (Galatians 1:4) Again the Bible says: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5: 6-8
By the death of Jesus Christ, he paid the penalty for the sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden and opened the door of salvation for all the children of God. By his death he gave true freedom to mankind by freeing them from sin and death. Apostle Paul; stated: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” –Hebrews 2:14,15.
It is by obeying the laws of God as expounded by Jesus Christ that all people of goodwill, wherever they may be in the world, will enjoy perfect freedom as he himself told the disciples in those days: “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed”. – John 8:31,32, 36. See also John 3:16; Deuteronomy 19:21
The anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ therefore deserves to be observed or commemorated because of the extent of the sacrifice he made for mankind. The example has already been set by the angels who sang and gave praises to God at his birth, saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” – Luke 2:14.