Many Christians don’t celebrate Christmas because of Santa Clause, tall, green decorated trees and 25 December.
Jews never celebrated births according to the Jewish historian, Josephus, who wrote: “Nay, indeed, the law does not permit us to make festivals at the birth of our children, and thereby afford occasion of drinking to excess.”
This could also be the reason why the date of Jesus’ birth is never mentioned in scripture. Even though births were not celebrated in ancient Jewish culture because “the day of death is better than the day of birth” (Ecclesiastes 7:1), the birth of Jesus Christ was and still is a big deal.
Jesus might not have been born on 25 December, but He was born, and that is what I want to celebrate. The date is not of importance, but the event commemorated.
The greatest gift ever given was God sending His Son to pay the debt of sinners, not with jewels or precious metal decorations, but with his life. Christmas remains Christmas without expensive gifts, new clothes and a table full of delicious food. Jesus is Christmas.
You and your family can have the best Christmas by sitting around a broken table without food, singing Silent Night and praising God.
This Christmas, celebrate God’s love (John 3v16), God’s sovereign control over the hearts of world leaders (Luke 2v2) and God’s delight in using people who are unimportant according to the world (Luke 1v46-48).
Thank You, Great Father, for loving the world so much that You gave us the Perfect Lamb that was sacrificed to remove and settle the debt of our sin. Thank you for the Baby who is now a Warrior King seated at your right hand. Help us to be joyful this Christmas, primarily because Jesus came. In His name we pray. Amen.