by: Ilse Strauss
Wednesday, 23 December 2020 | Two days before Christmas, Christians from around the world are looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus (Yeshua) on Friday.
Even though the exact date of His birth is not really known, the Christmas season is a time to rejoice and celebrate in the fact of His advent.
For Christians living in Jerusalem, the Christmas story takes on a new sense of realism. Bethlehem—the place where Jesus was born and where shepherds heard the glad tidings of His birth from a choir of angels—is located only a few minutes away.
Traditionally, Christmas is a time for family and friends to gather together to spend the festive time surrounded by loved ones. Yet this year is different. Christmas 2020 comes at the tail-end of one of the most difficult, darkest years in recent history, marked by a global pandemic, illness, economic hardship, uncertainty, isolation and loneliness. In some areas, restrictions mean that we will spend the usually bustling festive season without those we love. And 2021 beckons with many questions still unanswered.
Yet there is still ample reason to rejoice. As we celebrate Christmas 2020, we remember that Jesus was born at a particularly dark time in Jewish history—a time of Roman oppression—to bring light and hope. That light and hope continues to be the guiding beacon in the hearts of Christians today—even during times of a global pandemic, uncertainty and isolation.
The Bridges for Peace family would like to wish you and your loved ones a Christmas season filled with celebration, joy and the light of God’s presence. May the hope that Jesus brought into the world with Him continue to burn brightly in our hearts—during the festive season and beyond.
We will be taking a break from our daily news stories over the holidays. Our regular news updates from Israel will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.
Posted on December 23, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, December 23, 2020)
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