During the Christmas season many people here in Medellin, Colombia, spend their time partying and shooting off fireworks, celebrating in a fleshly way the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Why? Because most do not have a personal relationship with Him. That’s why they remember our Redeemer’s birth in this way; they know no other way. Life is lived for the moment with drinking, drugs and immoral affairs. “Paisas,” as the people are known in this northern Andean mountain region, are known as hard working, industrious people, but they also love to indulge in drinking and other worldly ways of celebrating the workday’s end.
At the conclusion, Pastor Isaí Avendaño asks the people to think about their personal lives – past, present and future. The miracle and wonder of Christmas is realized by many of those in attendance when, for the first time, many are asking Jesus to come into their lives to forgive them of past sins, to give them peace of mind in the present, and to give them hope for a bright future with an eternal relationship with the Savior of the world. For this, we see that the Star still shines brightly over Bethlehem, as both humble and wise men still seek Him.