During this holiday season, more than ever before, I’ve seen plenty of videos and status updates turned debates depicting the “truth about Christmas.” However, I hope that you are being mindful of the information and the source thereof. Study, learn, grow, and teach the truth but be careful that your knowledge doesn’t turn you away from God, through Jesus Christ.
You’re awakened, we get it.
The world is pagan, we get that too.
Celebrate if you want to or ignore the day all together, but don’t beat down your family and friends because of your new found knowledge. Remember, it isn’t wise to reprimand people and then go eat their food and accept their gifts on 12/25. I know that Galatians 4:10-11 is used to argue why we should only celebrate God’s holy days and feasts while Jeremiah 10:1-4 is argued to avoid Christmas trees. I believe this awesome sermon, Traditions 109: Celebrating Christmas by Pastor Lewis, does a phenomenal job of discussing these arguments. You can download the sermon and the study guide for free via the links at the end of this blog.
Our family continues to celebrate the observed date of the birth of Christ on December 25th each year, even though we know all about Saturnalia and the false “virgin birth” parallels. We choose to acknowledge the ONLY virgin birth because we are grateful that Jesus Christ was born. We are thankful that God knew mankind needed a savior and he graciously gave his son for us. We are joyful because Jesus stayed true to God in word, deed, death, and resurrection and will save all who believe and endure until the end. We are hopeful through the trials of life because, the Holy Spirit is our comforter, Christ is our advocate, and one day he will return wherewith every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that he is Lord. We celebrate CHRISTmas on December 25th because we understand that no matter who put this on the calendar, ANY DAY IS A GREAT DAY TO CELEBRATE JESUS CHRIST!
So. . .
Merry Christmas! Merry CHRISTmas!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
No matter what, if, or how your family decides to celebrate, remember to live a life that is pleasing to our truly worthy King. Celebrate the gift of Christ daily in word, deed, and faith so you will endure until the end. You can’t ignore the impact the Christmas season has on giving, especially to those less fortunate. If you choose to no longer buy gifts, give your time via volunteering for a reputable charitable organization, your church, or work. Don’t let this season or any opportunity pass you by without showing the light of Christ to those around you.
Be sure to make time to listen to the sermons and view the study guides listed below for additional information on Christmas, Halloween, and Easter. All items can be downloaded for free via the exministries links provided.
Make this season bright,
Sermon: Traditions 109 Celebrating Christmas
Study Guide: Celebrating Christmas
Sermon: Three Wise Gifts
Study Guide: Three Wise Gifts
Sermon: Easter Sun-day
Study Guide: Easter Sun-day
Sermon: Tricky Treats
Study Guide: Tricky Treats