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Is Christmas Necessary?

This month is the beginning of the Christmas season. It is during this time that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. There are many speculations concerning the exact date when Christ was born. No one knows for sure this date and the Bible did not give us any specific time.

The 25th of December was chosen as the birthday of Christ by the Church of Rome as early as 354 AD. Why this particular date? No one really knows the correct answer, but it is generally believed that it was chosen to replace a pagan holiday that was celebrated around that time.

According to some theories, it was during this period of the year that the old Roman Empire celebrated the feast of the sun god who was called ‘sol Invictus or the unconquered sun.’ So the Roman emperor who was converted to Christian decided to replace the word ‘sun’ with ‘son’ to imply ‘son of God.’ Thus acknowledging December 25th as the birthday of the Son of God – Jesus Christ.

Coin of Emperor Probus depicting sol invictus riding a riding a quadriga. The emperor (left) wears a radiated solar crown/wikipedia.org

Coin of Emperor Probus depicting Sol Invictus   riding a quadriga. The emperor (left) wears a radiated solar crown/wikipedia.org

This explanation appeared plausible, but there is no definite proof that it is true. But if it is really true, should Christians continue to celebrate Christmas? Let us examine how Christ felt about His birth and His mission on earth.

Christ Mission to Earth

But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.  And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:25-28)

Christ recognized that His purpose to earth was not to lord it over the people or to rule them. He came to serve them by healing them of their diseases, delivering and saving them from destruction. His ultimate purpose was to give Himself as a ransom for the sins of men.

To accomplish this purpose, He must be physically born into the world, and He was born but His birthday is not an occasion that Christ wanted us to celebrate.

He wanted us to celebrate His death and resurrection which is the fulfillment of His purpose on earth. This was His great mission that would give Him glory and honor from the Father. As a matter of fact, the Bible states that Christ returned to the Father, after He rose from the dead, and is sitting at the Father’s right hand on His glorious throne.

Christ emphasized the ‘spiritual birth’ that is necessary to enter the Kingdom of God. He gave this valuable lesson to Nicodemus when He told him that he must be born of the spirit and water to enter the Kingdom of God.

 Jesus answered,

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”(John 3:5-8)

When you are physically born from your mother’s womb, you are in the flesh, and this flesh will one day die and decay. However, when you are born of the water and the Spirit, you will gain everlasting life.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3: 16-17)

Do not be astonished at the simplicity of this statement because it is true. Although the Lord prefers if you celebrate the spiritual birth by remembering His death and resurrection it does not mean that you should not celebrate Christmas? No! Your celebration of Christmas depends on you and your family tradition. However, you need to be mindful of some vital facts.

Caution

It is during this season that the devil releases in abundance his spirits of confusion, deception, death, and sorrow. Therefore, there are some precautions that you need to exercise during the Christmas holidays.

Be careful on the road.

Watch your spending. Be as frugal as possible and purchase only the necessary items.

  • Give only to the needy.

  • Visit the orphans and widows and help them, and keep yourself unspotted from the world because when you obey these instructions you will be practicing a pure and undefiled religion before God. (James 1:27)
  • Above all, during this season focus on the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and give him thanks and praise for the sacrifice that He made for our sins.

The next post will investigate the spirits that the enemy releases during this time and how we can overcome them.

Additional References: Matthew 18:11; Matthew 19:28; Matthew 26; Luke 22:14-23; 1 Corinthians 11: 17-26; Acts 5: 29-32; Acts 7: 54-60; Hebrews 10; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 3.

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