Are we really celebrating the birth of Jesus? I hope many of you really are! I am going to be fairly short and to the point on this message, and again I am issuing a challenge to all who are followers of Jesus Christ. First of all, we should all know that December 25th is most likely NOT the actual birth date of Jesus. We can’t really tell from scripture when it actually was, but was most likely sometime in late spring or early summer based on the account and timing of Elizabeth and the birth of John the Baptist, but this is an issue that I do not want to get into. Regardless of when HIS actual birthday was, to those of us who believe we just know that HE was born! I guess in a way just living for HIM is celebrating HIS birthday. My issue has to do with the way many celebrate it on December 25th every year.
Before I state what I have been taught here by the Holy Spirit, I want people to know that the Christmas season has been my absolute favorite time of the year for as long as I can remember. I am no different than most who may be reading this, but above all I want to be pleasing to my GOD. That means that when HE teaches a lesson and I learn it, that I then must do all I can to be obedient and live as HE has taught me. Let me explain why this holiday has had such an effect on me. From as early as I can remember, this time of year meant getting together at both grandparents homes for fun family time, great food, and lots of presents from the various family members, and of course Santa Claus. Like many other families the cousins, aunts, and uncles all enjoyed getting gifts for us kids, and “us kids” really enjoyed getting spoiled. On top of all this, I love the winter time! I enjoy cold weather, snow, and everything associated with it. All the above combined with time off from work and school…how could you not love this holiday?? I grew up in a family that was not religious; there was usually a small nativity set but that may have been the only mention of Jesus throughout the holiday, and it was really more along the lines of a fictitious man whom the holiday songs occasionally spoke of. Over the years, the emotions of this time of year really guided my reasons for loving the season. Then one day GOD showed me that HE was real, and that HE desired that I learn of HIM and follow HIM. So to me the logical thing to do if GOD is real is to obey HIM; after all HE is now nonfiction since HE made that very clear and continues to do so.
A couple years ago HE took me through my motivations and reasoning for my love of this holiday. Here is where the challenge begins for many of you believers. If you are not a believer, I question why you are celebrating the holiday too, but for different reasons… NOTHING in this holiday actually brought me any closer to GOD, unless you count all the gluttony and overspending I usually did followed by the prayer that GOD would get me out of the pain and debt that I created. My focus throughout time was me, me, me! Where is Jesus on HIS birthday? The other day I was in a hallmark store looking for a card for this time of year that I could use like a Bible tract to give to my mom. I wanted to make sure that she knew that Jesus is our GOD and SAVIOR whether one believes in HIM or not. I couldn’t find one about Christ! I asked the girl who worked there for some help. “Do you have any Christian Christmas cards?” I asked. She looked at me for a second, hesitated, and responded “No, at least not very many.” “Don’t you think that is kind of strange?” I asked. “This is a holiday that is supposed to be celebrating HIS birth and there are very few cards that even mention HIM!” There were hundreds that spoke of Santa or reindeer, or love at this time of year, but I found only 3 that spoke of Christ! Where is the priority?
First, I ask why are you celebrating Christmas, and second, do you know the origin and history of the common stuff this holiday is celebrated with? I am not going to go into detail about this but I challenge you to look up the origins to the tree, the lights, the holly and mistletoe, even the date that was chosen to celebrate the holiday. What does “Christ-mass” mean? Why do we teach kids that “Santa” comes to bring them gifts on the supposed birthday of the Christ? Research Saint Nick: if he was a real “Saint”—meaning a lover of Jesus—do you think he would want to be a symbol above God in any way at all? What are your true motivations for celebrating this day? Ask GOD to show you HIMSELF!
Please ask GOD, or just look up in the Bible what HE thinks about trying to use pagan stuff to worship HIM no matter how good it seems to make you feel. Worship GOD! Love HIM and be obedient to HIM! Don’t be ignorant to what you do for HIM, don’t just take the word of another or follow the pack. Ask GOD, seek answers in the Bible and in prayer. Don’t let pleasing your flesh override what HE asks of you. Let the HOLY GHOST teach you the innermost thoughts of GOD and then take those lessons to the world. JESUS is the KING, we are called to believe and follow HIM, so let’s do it!