Text: Luke 2:1-14
Let me begin this blog by first wishing each and every one who reads this a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
We get many questions from people asking how one should observe Christmas. Should a Christian have a Christmas tree? Doesn’t the celebration of Christmas come from paganism? Christmas is looked upon in one of three ways:
1. the Biblical Context;
2. the Commercialism Context; or
3. the Pagan Context.
As I really want to only look at the Biblical Context, I will hold it for last and discuss the others first.
I believe I can assume that all who read this will acknowledge that Christmas for most of the world centers around the accumulation of material possessions. Therefore, the retail stores reduce Christmas down to nothing more than a time to make lots of money. The true meaning of Christmas is completely lost and we all can definitely attest to the way people act on Black Friday. It’s a mob-like frenzy and God forbid if two people go after the same item at the same time.
Don’t misunderstand. There is nothing wrong with giving gifts to our loved ones; however, we should never over indulge in the giving of gifts. Our greatest gift should be to the Lord, and that gift should be our love and reverence for what the Lord has done for us.
I personally believe that the money we spend on gifts, when totaled, should never be more than what we give to the Lord in tithe and offerings.
It is true that the holiday is rooted in Paganism. Christmas or Christ-mass was the direct adoption of a heathen festival observed on December 24th and 25th in honor of the son of the Babylonian Queen Astarte. This festival was observed for centuries before Christ, a fact well documented. The Chaldeans called this “Yule Day” or “Child Day.” To find the origin of this festival, we must go all the way back to the city (nation) of Babylon, founded by Nimrod (Gen. 10:8-10). All of this eventually morphed into the Catholic Church and the myth of St. Nicholas.
So much more could be said, but time won’t permit (for greater information on this topic, get my father’s Commentary on the Book of Luke), so let me conclude with this. As Christians, we should never teach our children the myth of Santa Claus or St. Nicholas. From the time our children are able to understand, they should be taught the true meaning of Christmas, which should center on the observances of the Birth of Christ and what He did on Calvary’s Cross and the Resurrection.
We don’t worship a tree or the fairytale of a fat jolly man in a red suit and a white beard. In the custom of the pagans of old, the tree was actually carved into the symbol of a false deity and worshipped by those in the house. We don’t carve the tree into an idol nor do we bow down and worship the tree.
Now if you have a true heartfelt conviction to not put up a tree, then fine. I respect that. But don’t make the mistake of forcing your personal conviction upon others. Remember the words of Paul in Colossians 2:16: “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a Holy day or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days.”
As believers, we know Christ was not born on December 25th. Though the Bible doesn’t mention a specific day, we know it was sometime between April and October. However, by our Federal government dedicating an official day to observe Christ’s birth, it is an acknowledgement that America was founded as a Christian nation based on God’s Holy Word.
In Luke Chapter 2, which gives us the true Christmas story, I want to focus on Verse 11: “For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour which is Christ the Lord.” This verse speaks of two distinct events, the incarnation, God manifest in the flesh, born of a virgin as the Holy Spirit moved upon Mary and placed in her womb the Son of God. The Second event is Calvary, which is identified by the use of the word “Saviour.” By the use of this word, we are given the reason for the incarnation, and that was for God to become flesh in order that He may be the Last Adam, gaining back by His Life, Ministry, Death and Resurrection what the first Adam lost. The incarnation was for Calvary. He is “Christ,” the “Anointed One” (the meaning of the title “Christ”), the Chosen One, the Divine One, the Unique One of a Kind born without sin in order to become a sin offering on Calvary’s Cross, all for humanity’s redemption.
George Williams, the Irish Theologian said and I quote:
“God’s Glory in Creation was high; in Revelation, higher; but in Redemption, highest.”
“His Power was seen in Creation; His Righteousness, in Law; but – His highest attribute – His Love, is seen in the Atonement.”
So the real meaning of Christmas is “A SAVIOUR IS BORN.” Everything points back to Calvary’s Cross.
This has been the musings and ramblings of a lover of Jesus Christ.