Mat 1:21-23 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Christmas is a celebration of Jesus Christ coming to this earth; a celebration of God being with us. The angels proclaimed peace and good will toward men from God (Lk 2:14). We now have peace with God through Jesus (Rom 5:1). Through Jesus, we have been reconciled (peace has been made) with God (2Cor 5:18-19)! That is awesome!
The Godless, secular world is trying more and more each year to remove any mention of Christ from Christmas: whether it be refusing to even use the word Christmas in advertising, or the ACLU suing to have nativity scenes removed, lest they offend some poor onlooker. It has gotten absolutely ridiculous. This politically correct nonsense has officially reached the level of insanity. When did our main goal in life become not offending anyone?
Jesus would not have done well in our society at all. He was highly offensive! He threw tables and whipped people who were ripping off honest folk! He called religious hypocrites snakes & white washed tombs full of dead men’s bones! He said He could forgive people’s sins, and that no one would ever get to God or heaven but through Him! Mercy me, that is highly offensive! Who does He think He is? I’ll tell you who He is: He is God (Isa 9:6, Mt 1:23, Jn 1:1, 14, 20:28, 1Tim 3:16, 1Jn 5:7, 20, Heb 1:8, Titus 2:13, Phi 2:6)! Do you stumble at that fact? Does it offend you? The Bible says Jesus is a stumbling block, and a rock of offense (1Pt 2:7-8). But don’t stay offended. Fall on that Rock (Jesus) and be broken, before It falls on you, and grinds you to a powder (Mt 21:44).
Some Christians get put out with all the commercialism and extra-Biblical fairytales, so they just throw out the whole thing. I can certainly sympathize with their frustration, and if they cannot participate with a clean conscience, then by all means don’t. But I myself am reminded of what Paul said in Philippians 1: 15-18. I’m paraphrasing, but he is basically saying that our main goal should be to preach Jesus. During this season, Jesus is being preached! Some of the most powerful, gospel preaching songs are Christmas songs; and they’re being played constantly on secular radio and in shopping centers. Also, a lot of people will go to church who normally don’t; so what a great opportunity to preach Jesus!
I know Dec. 25th is not when Jesus was born, but it was actually the date of a pagan festival. However, it really doesn’t matter. God is creator of all things, including all the days; and whether or not some pagan claims it as his, doesn’t change that fact. Each and everyday of the year I celebrate the birth, life, death, and resurrection of my Lord Jesus; including Dec. 25th! I also know the wise men should probably not be part of the nativity scene; The Bible says they came later. However, it still brings attention to Jesus Christ, and again, that’s the important thing. If it really bothers you, get rid of the wise men from your nativity scene.
But let’s focus on the positives. Why lights? Jesus is the Light of the world, that shined in the darkness (Jn 1:4-9, 8:12). Why gifts? Because God gave us greatest gift of all, eternal life through Jesus (Rom 6:23). God is the gift giver (Jam 1:17). Why all the food? It’s a love celebration, a feast (Jud 1:12). Why the tree? It points up to Jesus. God made the evergreen, which represents His eternal self and eternal life in Christ. Jesus was hung on a tree, so we could be healed; spirit, soul, and body (Gal 3:13-14, 1Pt 2:24). Jesus is the vine, we are the branches; if we abide in Him we bring forth much fruit (Jn 15:1-5). As fruit, or “ornaments” are pleasing to our eyes; so our good fruit “works” are pleasing to our Heavenly Father’s eyes.
Parents, teach your children the true meaning of Christmas, and the Christian meaning behind all we do. I pray you had a very merry Christmas, and until next time, rejoice in The Lord (Phip 4:4)!