Tuesday, December 3, 2013
In Luke 2:7 it says, "and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them." Every December 25th the world celebrates Christmas. And, whether they recognize it or not, Jesus is the reason for the celebration. There is no way to get away from it, our calendars are dated to the birth of Christ. It is even on your birth certificate, I was born on October 19th, 1967 years after the birth of Christ. Even the unbeliever must use this dating system, it is on your drivers license, your marriage license, and one day will be on your head stone, the year you were born and the year you died. All dated to the birth of Christ. And one more thing, for those that say we shouldn't celebrate His birthday on December 25th because we don't know the exact day or time he was born, I think you kind of miss the point. The point is that Jesus was born, and whether or not you celebrate His birth on December 25th or at some other time is really not essential to our Christian faith.
We have a reason to celebrate everyday and in every situation because of what Christ has done for each and everyone of us. He was born to take our sins and suffer the penalty for that sin, He has made a way for us to have a relationship with God, He has gone on and made a place for the faithful to live, and will one day return to call us home. Christmas is a time of celebration, not of pointing fingers and judgment. It doesn't matter that Jesus was probably born at some other time of the year. It does not matter if it was spring, summer, winter, or fall. What matters is that God loved us so much that He sent us His one and only Son so that we may be saved from our sins. There are many translations of the bible, some worded to suit one or another, but the one thing that remains constant is Jesus Christ. So, if you claim Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then take my hand and walk with me in fellowship.