E. C. Adams, missionary in Chagallu, West Godavari District, India, told of a loved & respected Indian brother, who years ago was asked to give a Christmas message to the assembled congregation. It was a message not to be readily forgotten.
He spoke of the preparations that were made by many to observe the day - the decorations to the houses, the colored paper streamers, the plants & flowers on the verandahs & tables of their homes, the presents given by one to another, the homecoming of members of the family who had been long absent, the invitations sent out to friends to share in the rejoicings, the abundance of food eaten with such relish, the jovial singing & the happy talk that made the day one long to be remembered.
But, said he, in the midst of all such delights, how many thought of Him in whose honor the day was being observed? Many would be sated with feasting, & some would be drunk; but what place would the Lord have in it all? What place has He in our hearts?
“How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts!” - Benjamin Franklin.
“Those who reject me and do not accept my message have one who will judge them. The words I have spoken will be their judge on the last day!” – Jesus (John 12:48 GNB).