The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham...16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 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.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
have read the article,
The Legend of Hanukkah, have sent queries the last
few weeks regarding our views of Christmas. Quite some
time ago, I had done some research on the subject.
Although I have not felt impressed to do an in-depth
article on the subject, several queries have prompted
the need to address the issue in some manner. Please
note. If time
permits in the future, I may well expand the
information. For now I will simply present a compilation
of what I have been responding to the various queries
with. Please do not contact me to enter into dialogue
on this issue. I have stated what I feel is
important to say at this time. Again Please note---If
time permits in the future, I may well expand the
information. To email to tell me what I believe about
Christmas or that I should not celebrate it is moot, as
shown in this article.
Christmas has been recognized as a cultural event by
many governments and is a statutory holiday for many,
we're fortunate in that we as a family use it as a time
to get together with our now grown children. It gives us
the opportunity to just be together, fellowship and
Being raised in a
family that always celebrated Christmas, had the
tree, presents and such, it wasn't something we ever
really thought about after becoming Christians. It
seemed the celebration was and is everywhere, and is so
commercial and money and lust driven. As a new
Christian, it became apparent that Christians viewed
Christmas as a time to share the birth of Christ and
tell the 'Christmas story.' For some it is a very 'holy'
Some say that
Christmas is an alternative to things other
religions do, or that we as Christians can have special
holidays and such, like other religions. Many
non-believers want to see it done away with because the
focus for most Christians is Christ, albeit very often
alongside the commercial side. Yet, we see non-believers
and those with other religious beliefs world wide
readily receiving 'Christmas' gifts, Christmas
charities, Samaritans purse shoe boxes, from
Christians and others, all because of 'Christmas.'
Most will readily accept their own version of
"Santa" as well. In some ways Christmas has
become an ecumenical force, unifying what normally would
not be united.
Some people also do
use it as a time to specifically feed or give to the
poor, and that can make it a worthy issue. However, it's
also sad to think that might be the only time some give
to the needy. That is something to be done year
Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
I think what Jesus
said in Luke 14 is what people generally are missing
with regard to any 'special event', and that is to edify
others, with the need to stop focusing on what we get
out of something, or whether we will get a 'payback' or
thank you or pat on the back.
Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou
makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor
thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich
neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a
recompense be made thee.
13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor,
the maimed, the lame, the blind:
14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot
recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the
resurrection of the just.
Some like to say that
they use the time to share Christ, tell of His
Birth, and such. While that can be true, because
non-believers are saying the same things, singing the
same songs, often with Biblical inaccuracies in both
camps--I can't honestly say how effective Christmas
is as an evangelism tool. Nor have I personally, in
the 30 plus years as a Christian, seen anyone come to
Christ because of it. There may be many--but I haven't
personally witnessed it. That doesn't mean it isn't used
in that manner. Many only enter a church or fellowship
at Christmas and or Easter. God can use those times to
convict hearts just as He does at other times.
As we've grown in the
Lord, it used to bother us as to why Christians put a
tree at the front of the sanctuary, and we wondered how
come some of the songs sung at that time weren't
A tree has nothing to
do with Christ--yes, some have made up a little story to
make it fit--but it has nothing to do with the birth of
Christ. It is rooted in paganism and can be shown
Biblically to be so.
Studying God's Word
always seems to answer the questions. Jeremiah
10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the
heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for
the heathen are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the people are vain:
for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of
the hands of the workman, with the ax.
4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they
fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak
No. Christians don't
worship the tree as a 'god'. But many do view it, the
decorations, the presents and the 'spirit', as the
focus, instead of Christ. And nowhere historically,
except in paganism, do we see the relevance of
decorating a tree and making it the focus of an
event. But are trees evil? No. In fact God Himself
is equated to a tree at times and we know of the Tree of
Life. And we know Who created all trees.
Isaiah 41:17 When the
poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their
tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I
the God of Israel will not forsake them.
18 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in
the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a
pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. [Ps
107:35; Isa 35:6-7; 43:19; 44:3] 19 I will plant in the
wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle,
and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree,
and the pine, and the box tree together: 20 That they
may see, and know, and consider, and understand
together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and
the Holy One of Israel hath created it. [Job 12:9]
In general terms,
here's some personal observations. There's a concerted
effort to remove focus from Jesus Christ, His
lineage, mention of the virgin birth, and so on,
throughout many movements, and not just at Christmas.
For the average Christian, the focus is on those things
at Christmas. And also family and so on. Yes, the
culture of the people is vain, and we know that
worldwide people use the time for lust, envy,
greed and paganism, because they have no sincere belief
in God. Certainly the 'story' of Christ's birth is
merely a story to most, a means to an end. But for
Christians it is not 'just a story' but an absolute
truth. Many also
benefit worldwide because of the giving that is done at
that time, which should be done throughout the year.
But, hard hearts are often softened at that time of
year, and many will give then and no other time. People
in other religions who reject Jesus Christ, willingly
accept receipt of "Christmas presents and
gifts"--which is rather ironic in many ways.
What many are doing is
declaring all related to Christmas to be pagan, which by
implication, includes the Scriptural truth of Christ's
birth and so on--to also be pagan. And that is from the
spirit of anti-christ. If the focus is in fact, Jesus
Christ and relaying Scriptural truth, it is not wrong to
share it or focus on it, nor is it pagan. What is done
around those events can be either honoring to God or
not. Pagans did not manufacture the truth of Jesus
Christ, His lineage, the virgin birth, nor the desire to
share the reality of Jesus Christ. It's about heart
intent on those issues. Some are so intent on the
paganism angle, that they declare that Christians are
saying that Jesus was actually born on December 25th.
Yet, I don't know of a Christian who had to be told that
He was not born on that day. And yet those who have
apparently just discovered this fact, are now calling
Christians pagan for utilizing that day, and for what
many view as a holy day for a specific Scriptural and
very real Truth--God manifesting in the flesh. And that
has nothing whatsoever to do with paganism--but rather
The truth and
celebration of Christ, the fulfilled prophecy, His
lineage, place of birth, virgin birth, etc., are
Scriptural truths, and are not Constantine fabricated
paganism, as some would declare. Those who were privy to
those real and actual events were likely
impacted by them for the rest of their lives and I would
suspect, shared and recounted them as something to be
remembered. The four Gospels, which specifically relate
those truths, although also referenced in many other
Scriptures, were written within the first seventy-five
or so years after Christ walked on this
Is it possible
several years later, some would try to corrupt and
pervert Biblical truth in these matters? There's no
question in my mind that some would. To declare the
telling or remembrance of the events surrounding the
birth of Christ to be pagan is not of God.
It's one of those
things that if a person chooses to do as a way to honor
Christ, and present Scriptural Truth about
Him, then it is a choice, that is just that, a
choice. One that we are told not to judge on.
Christ is not about
contention over holidays, or holydays and such, as shown
in Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore
judge you in meat, or in drink, or in
respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or
of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the
body is of Christ.
And in Romans 14:
Romans 14:5 One man
esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every
day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own
mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it
unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to
the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth
to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that
eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God
In fact, as Paul
demonstrated in, 1 Corinthians 10:27 If any of
them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be
disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat,
asking no question for conscience sake.
We have actually had
to apply that issue around Christmas and other events.
It's something, that if it wasn't a yearly event, I
personally wouldn't miss it and all it means from a
worldly perspective, other than the pretty much
guaranteed time with our family. We celebrate our
relationship with Christ daily.
When the focus on
things takes away from Biblical truth, or
Christ, then we have a serious issue.
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Over the ages, people
have disobeyed God and often do things, not in honor of
Him, but self serving. Much in Christmas can
be self-serving. Just as many religious traditions
are self serving and not in the least about Biblical
obedience. The point that comes to my mind, and one that
is most important, Jesus said to do one thing in
remembrance of Him. Luke 22:19, etc. But we're to
remember the Scriptures and what they contain year
round. And that includes the first books of
the Gospels, which tell about Christ's lineage,
place of birth, and so, and we're to show that it is
fulfilled prophecy such as is found in Isaiah, Zechariah,
and so on. If something is lacking in the
presentation of the "Christmas story," maybe
it is just that. For example.
Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of
Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
...15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,
18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not... 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Hosea 11: 1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
Jeremiah 31:15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.
Maybe because we're
getting older, but, we don't get particularly excited
about 'special days'. Jesus said:
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
We're to focus on
Christ daily, and that makes every day, a day to be
thankful, a day to remember who our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ is, and what He has done for us. Each day
we have is given as another opportunity to honor and
serve Him. The Apostles Paul and Peter, by inspiration
of the Holy Spirit, gave such clear direction.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
3: 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
4: 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
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