Saturday, November 25, 2017

Celebrate Christmas?

“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.”

Without any question, if you were to ask me what my favorite holiday was as a child, I would say Christmas.  I loved everything about the Christmas season.  What wonderful memories I cherish of my childhood Christmases!  As an adult I often shared with my parents how thankful I was for the experiences of Christmas at home.

Now as a father and grandfather I wonder how to observe the holiday of Christmas.  There just isn’t any information in the Bible about how to handle this holiday.  The early Christians didn’t observe Christmas.  Of course we all know that the December 25 observance is likely a made-up holiday, but that in no way detracts from the great truth that in Jesus, God was manifest in the flesh, and in Jesus he has abolished death, and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel!  That is the truth of Christmas, and whether we have a precise date or not, we have a precise truth.

Occasionally, someone will say, “Surely you are not going to celebrate Christmas!”  My answer is always the same “Absolutely, I love to celebrate the birth (incarnation) of my glorious Lord!”  Christmas was God saying to all the impoverished and spiritually needy, “It’s all right. I’m here.”

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