By Jim Stitzinger
The Cripplegate blog
The concerts are over and candle-light services are nearly complete. No more caroling, food drives, corporate holiday parties and the sound of Salvation army bells are quickly fading. The world will soon say goodbye to “the holidays” and will soon pivot its attention to New Year’s and Super Bowls.
The world may soon have Christmas almost in it’s rear view mirror, but for Christ’s church the wonder and joy of Christmas never ends. Isaiah prophesied that a virgin will conceive and bear a Son whose name will be Immanuel, God with us. He came to earth that day, and remains with us in every day. The Creator of the universe stepped aside from the full display of His majestic glory and dove headlong into His creation.
The day Christ was born slipped by, uncelebrated throughout the world. It was not for lack of Instagram, satellite communication or weak cell phone coverage. It was not because the postal service lost His birth announcement or a webpage failed to update. Christ entered time and space as planned. The seclusion from the abusive prying eyes of the world kept King Herod from carrying out yet another satanic attempt to assassinate the Savior.
Beyond the safety of our Savior, the world did not see the eternal significance of the first Christmas for the same reason that it cannot understand Christmas today. “The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Eyes that are blind to the truth can never see the glory of the Savior who was born.
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I wonder why Christians insist on celebrating the birth of Christ this time of year when the Bible doesn’t mandate it, nor does it tell us this time of year is the actual birth of our Lord and Savior.
Christmas has not one thing to do with Christ, the world celebrates this time of year with parties, gift giving, time off work and school, and by decorating, baking, cooking, etc. What does any of that have to do with Christ lowering himself to come as the Son of man and sacrifice himself on a cross so that we may be reconciled back to a holy God? I asked a co-worker what Christmas was all about, and he said ‘money’. Must we celebrate this holiday season along with the heathen? Is God really pleased that we make up a fake date for the birth of Christ and state we are ‘celebrating’ it? Why should our Sovereign God be forced to share billing with a fictitious fat man in a red suit, reindeer, lights, trees, mistletoe, eggnog, etc? Christmas is about man, centered around man, and came from man. God is not honored, worshiped, or glorified during this time of year. The world uses this holiday season to feed their lust through material gift giving, through gluttony, drunkenness, and whatever else they may do. Celebrate if you want, but do not add the Lord to this heathen holiday. For those who want to take Christ out of Christmas, I say ‘good’! He doesn’t belong there anyway.
Going outside scripture to support something it doesn’t mandate is not wise. Let us give thanks every day for his coming the first time and be watchful and ready for His soon return.
It is not wrong to consecrate a day for the Lord, but to say that He was born on the 25th of December is a lie. And millions people believe that lie…Wouldn’t it be better to consecrate a day for His death and ressurection ?