From the Pastor
If you want to see beautiful Christmas lights in Tokyo you can go to places like Marunouchi, Roppongi, Midtown, and Tokyo Tower. At this time of year those places are overflowing with people who want to see the lights. But many of the people who want to enjoy the dazzling decorations and Christmas atmosphere do not know the true meaning of Christmas.
Christmas is really a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, who came into the world about 2000 years ago. Nobody else in the history of the world has their birthday celebrated around the world as Jesus does. We celebrate his birth because he is the only one who can save mankind from eternal punishment. There is no other way, besides Jesus, for someone to be saved. In the Bible it says this about Jesus:
The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.
The LORD has spoken.
In that day they will say,
“Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation” (Isaiah 25:8-9).
These words were written before Jesus was born, but they prophesied that the Savior would come and die on a cross to take away the sins of all people. These words also tell us that whoever believes in Jesus will not be punished for their sins, but will receive eternal life. This is the reason the Bible says, “Let us be glad in his salvation.”
Christians celebrate the birth of the Savior with sincere hearts. At the same time, they are watching and waiting for Jesus to come back from heaven. On that day every eye will see Jesus Christ coming on the clouds of heaven, with great power and glory.
Christian pastors do their best to encourage all who come to church, including themselves, to prepare their hearts for Jesus’ return and to stay strong in their faith. For that reason I pray for believers daily and want to keep studying the Bible with them. I want the same for all of you. This Christmas, please join us at church, so we can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and rejoice together.
Pastor Daisuke Nakamoto