Christmas?

Does the Bible tell us to celebrate Christmas? Christmas is a time when Believers in Christ Jesus come together in unity to celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Where is it written in the Bible to do this? The Bible does not give the date of Jesus’ birth, nor does it say that we should celebrate his birthday. The early Christians did not celebrate Jesus birth because they considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom. The Church leaders likely chose this date to coincide with the pagan festivals held on or around the winter solstice. The Encyclopedia Americana says: “Saturnalia, a Roman feast celebrated in mid-December, provided the model for many of the merry-making customs of Christmas. From this celebration, for example, were derived the elaborate feasting, the giving of gifts, and the burning of candles.” According to the Encyclopedia of Religion, Europeans decorated their homes “with lights and evergreens of all kinds” to celebrate the winter solstice and to combat evil spirits.

Since, we don’t know the date of the Birth of Jesus and the Bible doesn’t tell us to celebrate His Birth. Why do we celebrate it? To me it is a time for all believers in Christ Jesus the Son of God to come together and lift Him up. This doesn’t just happens in the USA, it is happening all over the World! People get too legalistic. They refuse to celebrate Christmas because it isn’t Jesus real Birthday. And, of coarse the Bible doesn’t tell us to, so it must be wrong. What I want you to focus on is how the Christmas celebration effects people. There are more people that go out and help the homeless, feed the hungry, spread the Gospel of Christ and give gifts to children at this time then any other time in the year. So, let me ask you what’s wrong with that? If this is what it takes to motivate people to step out of their comfort zone and help people all in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, then I say “YES” to Christmas! Do non-believer celebrate Christmas? Of course they do, and maybe while on their way to the Mall they will see houses decorated with the Theme of the Birth of Christ. What a good witness for those who don’t believe.

We as Believers in Christ Jesus, need to stop being legalistic and look for opportunities in every holiday to spread the Good News. And that my friends is never wrong.

Matthew 1:18-13

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. His mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they were married, she found out that she was going to have a baby by the Holy Spirit. Joseph was a man who always did what was right, but he did not want to disgrace Mary publicly; so he made plans to break the engagement privately. While he was thinking about this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary to be your wife. For it is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived. She will have a son, and you will name him Jesus—because he will save his people from their sins.” Now all this happened in order to make come true what the Lord had said through the prophet, “A virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and he will be called Immanuel” (which means, “God is with us”)

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