In this season of celebrations, let us ask ourselves this question: Christmas: A Time for Celebrations?
The world is getting ready to celebrate the birth of Christ which according to the worldly traditions, falls on the 25th of December. Of course, this is not the real date of birth of Jesus.
Moreover, when we examine this date in the light of Holy Bible we could find that, it does not give us any specific dates regarding the birth of Christ and the early church did not have the tradition of celebrating Christmas either.
There was no such practice whatsoever among the early churches. They celebrated only the seven Biblical Festivals of YAHWEH
But later, after Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, changes started creeping into the Christian church.
The church slowly started adopting many of the customs, traditions and celebrations of the pagan religions that the Roman Empire followed and this includes December 25th as the day of Christmas.
Anyway, we are not going deep into these issues as they don’t serve any purpose in our Christian walk.
When we think about Christmas, we, think about the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, bearing this in mind let us examine the question:
Christmas: A Time for Celebrations?
If we examine the above question dispassionately, the answer should be a big: No!
Christmas is not a time for worldly celebrations but it is a time to reflect on the elements of what God did for us by sending His Son into this sin saturated, fallen world.
It is a time to reflect on the purpose for which Christ came into this world as a human being.
Of course, for the secular world, Christmas season is a time of celebrations and they do celebrate it in a worldly manner by engaging in activities that does not have any spiritual foundation or purpose.
For the world, it is a time for shopping, partying and exchanging gifts; there is nothing beyond that.
Their reason for Christmas is to entertain themselves; For them it is a time of celebration and they never reflect on the real reason for what they celebrate.
However, for true believers in Christ, this once in a year celebration should be a time to reflect on what God Almighty has done for the salvation of mankind and how the Birth of Christ manifested the love of God for us.
In the birth of Christ what we see is: God Almighty sending His only begotten Son to save this world, to redeem each one of us from the clutches of the enemy, from the burden of sin and eternal death.
Christ came with the mission of dying on the cross as a sacrificial lamb for the sins of this world. See what the verses below says:
21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.( 2Corinthians, 5, 21)
In the birth of Christ, we see God Almighty humbling himself to be born as a human being, so that, He could save the ones who were created in his own image and likeness, the ones He loved with an everlasting love.
The following verses give us a vivid picture on the nature of Christ’s humble appearance on earth as a human being.
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!( Philippians 2, 6-8)
In the above verses we see; Christ who is in the very nature of God humbling himself to the very nature of a servant in order to save you and me and also to serve you and me.
Christ did not come to be served but came to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20, 28)
Saints, therefore, for us – believers:
This should be a time and opportunity to share the love of Christ to the world around us.
This should be a time to share what we have with those who don’t have.
This should be a time for us to reflect on the very character of Christ by humbling ourselves in order to serve others.
This should be a time to show the world that we are the true followers of Christ.
This should be a time to show the people around us that: “God Loves them and care for them.”
This should be a time to tell the world that “Christ died on the cross to save the world.”
And surely for true believers in Christ, this season should not be a time to celebrate the birth of Christ the way the world does.
We need to separate ourselves from the world and the worldly passions. We also need to abstain from activities and engagements that do not bring any glory or praise to the name of Jesus Christ.