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!

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  1. andre says:

    I used to struggle over this issue as well… until I realized he fruit of such a position. It’s obvious it isn’t happening on Christ’s birthday, and that it’s been hijacked in many different ways, just like anything God does, a counterfeit comes in. However, think about how over the whole planet songs about God’s incarnation, and His plan of redemption, are sung for weeks. how the name of Jesus is named and even proclaimed. No matter what we may think or try to do to “reverse” the trend, it’s a historical holiday.

    Not only that, but it has no relevance in measuring or displaying our holiness or lack of it, our salvation or our damnation. We know what it’s about: Jesus. And that’s enough for me.

    As a final note, it’s good not to rush through these verses, but allow them to expose in us what needs to be revealed and dealt with:

    Colossians 2:16…

    “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. 18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. 19 He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.”

    ” 20 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.”



  2. Stacey says:

    Here is a link on the origins of Christmas and all the decorations etc that gp with it…After reading this, I am having serious doubts as to whether or not I want to “participate” in this holiday anymore…

  3. ChrisGY says:

    This may be as long as the original article. Does it matter what day we celebrate the birth of Jesus? I can’t see how. It did happen, that every Christian will attest to. To debate it might be interesting, but who knows exactly how the world existed over 2000 years ago? Yes, Jesus is the “Reason for the Season”. I also love this time of year. Mostly due to the fact that on that day so long ago, we were given a very special gift that we did not earn nor deserve. It was a supreme act of love for all of us… believers and non-believers alike.
    In my home, which I decorate annually, there are items related to that special night (such as a nativity scene), along with a Christmas tree and even a stuffed Santa. As touching on the tree and Santa…
    The story of Saint Nicholas I have heard over the years and I believe it to be true. The acts that this selfless individual did, were to honor God and Jesus. The ones relating to his saving three daughters by means of bags of gold or balls of gold tossed into stockings were just a few of the many deeds for others he did, expecting nothing in return. This has been a motto (so to speak) that was placed before me in my early days of celebrating Christmas. The joy was in giving, not receiving. I do not nor ever have swapped gifts. That, in my opinion, is not giving.
    The tree also reminds me of the beauty of the season and the birth of our savior. But I do not bow to it or hold it in higher regard than Jesus. Some suggest that the book of Jeremiah depicts a Christmas tree. However, I always encourage people to read the entire passage, where it states… Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
    The season is very special. It has a profound effect upon many, again Christian and non-Christian. No other time of year are people so moved to give to charitable organizations (such as the Salvation Army). No other holiday has so many songs dedicated to it. Even some top recording artists pay their homage in song, even though many are not directly related to Jesus. I like to think of it however, as a possible seed that has been planted. Whether this is due to a tug on their heartstrings or to help fill their bank accounts, I am not qualified to say. But if I am going to err, it should be on the side of mercy. Only God knows what is really going on inside. Wars have been put on hold for that day. Even in today’s “money hungry” America, the vast majority of businesses are still closed on Christmas.
    Should it really be surprising that Satan should try to corrupt any day that we celebrate our Lord? Do we toss it aside because of the greed in some? Okay, some may see the two “S” in Christmas as dollar signs instead of a savior mentioned twice. But that has been the unfortunate cycle of man since the beginning. And where does it end? Do we toss aside the cross because some have used it in less-than-Christian ways? Or going to church to worship when there is a major sporting event on TV at the same time? I truly hope not.
    After having said all of this, let me hit the bottom line for me. The Bible speaks about coming in childlike faith. That is how I view Christmas. Not being childish, but childlike. I pray I never lose the joy, peace, beauty, tenderness of heart and all the many other wonderful things that God grants to me (and others) each Christmas season. It is now July, but for everyone down the road… Merry Christmas.

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