Bishop of the Konongo-Mampong Diocese, Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu has said the birth of Christ is a symbol of hope for humanity and more especially Christians.
The prelate said this in a reflection read on his behalf at the maiden edition of Conversations in the Cathedral in Accra on Wednesday December 11.
Bishop Osei-Bonsu’s reflection dwelled on Isaiah 9:6 which reads: “For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.”
Elaborating on the passage, the Bishop indicated that the prophesy of the birth of Christ and all the divine attributes thereof, point to a remarkable congruence with the Emmanuel prophecy in Isaiah 7:14.
In Isaiah 7:1, the divine prophesy of the conception and the bearing of the son of God by virgin Mary is revealed. The passage reads: “Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name, Emmanuel.”
He noted that, the birth of Christ is an indication of a positive future in the lives of humanity, saying, “As in this latter instance, the birth of a child in Isaiah 9:6 symbolizes the hope of humanity for a brighter future.”
The prelate encouraged Christians by emphasising that, “God, through the birth of the ideal King (Christ), will shine the light of his own delivering power into the darkness of the human situation and cause the explosion of messianic joy in the world.”
Conversations in the Cathedral is an initiative of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Most Rev. John
The ecumenical event seeks to bring together both secular and religious leaders to discuss issues
of common concern. It is expected to become a major event on the Archbishop’s calendar.