Dear Reverends, Pastors, Elders, sisters and brothers in Christ,
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life. (John 3:16)
A very merry Christmas and blessed New Year to everyone! In this joyous Christmas season, I pray that all of us in Christ Jesus will once again experience the presence of our Lord and Savior in each one of our life and family.
Christmas is the time for us to celebrate God’s marvelous love for all humankind. God the Creator of heaven and earth in the first Christmas has given us His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior, who died and has risen for us, so that for everyone who believes in Him, their sin can be forgiven and they may not perish but may have eternal life. (John 3:16) This is the most precious gift of Christmas to the world.
Praise the Lord! Today as the church of Jesus Christ in this world, we can consistently experience God’s amazing grace and love. In the past over 2000 years, the church has proclaimed the salvation of God’s amazing love in Christ Jesus to all over the world. Basel Christian Church of Malaysia (BCCM) this year is celebrating the 128th Christmas. In the past long historical development of BCCM, we have witnessed how God in His marvelous love has been faithfully guiding us thus far to this stage of achievement in our growth. We witness how we have grown from a very small local congregation in Lau San Kudat in 1882, which had about ten families, to what we have today with about 140 local congregations located all over our country. All these are only by God’s merciful grace to His church.
May God once again motivate us in this Christmas of 2010 with His marvelous love, to be united in one accord to continue on proclaiming His love and salvation in Christ Jesus to the end of the earth. May God the Immanuel fill us with joy and agape love in our hearts in this Christmas, to strengthen our faith, hope and love in Him.
May all glory be to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom He favors! Amen.
Peace and love,
Bishop Dr. Thomas Tsen Lip T