The birth of Jesus represents the hope of mankind. “Born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord,” the Angel of the Lord proclaimed. This purpose of this article is not to say it is wrong to celebrate Christmas in the cultural way we do, but don’t miss the true meaning. To help with how to go about doing that, here are 6 meaningful ways to celebrate Christmas:
1. Advent Countdown:
Ordinarily, we may give our children a small gift in the 24 days of December leading up to Christmas Day or perhaps small candies.
You may want to craft an advent countdown of scripture verses that explain to the kids who Christ is and what he represents such as John 3:16. However, a little candy will probably go over well too.
2. Christ in the Center of the Family:
The birth of Christ is our pathway to unification with the Creator. Without him, we are separated from God. This Christmas season begin the process of putting Christ in the center of your family or work to strengthen that reality. One way to do this is to hold a family bible discussion each day during the season.
Pick a part of the Christmas story and create a dialogue with your children. You may want to read to them about the journey of Joseph and Mary on the way to Bethlehem.
Discuss how our own lives parallel that rocky and dangerous trek but, with the protection and blessing of God in our lives, we will successfully fulfill our purpose.
3. Service Based on Scripture:
In his words and actions, Jesus stressed over and over the importance of the body to serve. John 13:12-14 – “When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” Go serve people.
4. Silent Worship at the Altar:
Before the hustle and bustle of Christmas Eve service hits your church, ask for permission. Perhaps create a special night for a silent altar worship during the week before Christmas Day.
Take with you a single candle to light, and kneel before God in prayer and humbleness. Give each member of your family their own candle and keep it completely silent.
5. Reconcile our Relationships:
God came to us in human form to reconcile our relationship with him. His birth, death, and resurrection represent this reconciliation in the person of Jesus Christ.
Consider doing the same in your own relationships this Christmas season. Reconcile with and forgive those that have hurt you and, for those that you have hurt, seek forgiveness by sincere apology. Nothing could be more Christ-like at Christmas.
6. Family Prayer:
This is the easiest and most purposeful way to celebrate Christmas this year. Lead your family in prayer every night and end with the Lord’s Prayer as we were taught to do by Christ. Have your children recite it with you until they know it.
The church started celebrating Christmas on the festival of Winter Solstice because it was a way of bringing more people to Christ, by having a celebration to take place of the pagan one, it gave the pagans a way to join in and learn about Christ.
No, Jesus wasn’t born specifically on Dec 25th, we have no sure way of knowing exactly when He was, we can only infer, and many people have varying opinions on that.
So instead of focusing on the exact of when, let’s use this time to renew our love for Christ by remembering that He came down as a human, to be with us and save us. This was God’s choice, our choice is to honor Him, love Him, obey Him, or we can get bogged down in details and specifics that truly have no effect on things.Christ At The Center Of Christmas:
Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love all of the lights and decorations. I am thankful for what the season is really about, the birth of a Savior, Jesus Christ. If we are not careful, the season can overwhelm us and pass us by.
The hustle and bustle begins on Black Friday and continues all the way through New Year’s Day. Do not let another Christmas go by without taking some time to reflect on what Christmas really is about, Jesus Christ.
Here are ten things that you and your family can do to keep Christ at the center of Christmas and restore the joy to the season.
1. Remember the Gospel
The best way to keep Christ in Christmas is to remember the message of the gospel. God is holy and requires perfection. Man is sinful and separated from a loving God.
The gospel is at the heart of Christmas because God loved us so much that he sent his Son to lay down his life and die in our place.
We need to repent of our sins and trust Christ to save us. That is the heart of the gospel. If we are a believer, we should reflect on the gospel and be grateful for the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. If you are not saved, this is a great time to get saved.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.-John 3:16”
2. Share Your Faith With Others:
Another great way to keep Christ in Christmas is to share your faith with an unbelieving family member, friend, neighbor, or a stranger. Take them for a cup of coffee or a hot chocolate. You could share how you got saved or what God is doing in your life.
People’s hearts tend to be more open during this time of year, but try to avoid getting in an argument over it. Remember that you are representing Christ to them.
“But in your hearts separate Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. -1 Peter 3:15
3. Read the Christmas Story:
On Christmas morning, gather with family and read the Christmas story in Luke 1 and 2. Take some time to discuss what it must have been like for Mary, who was a young teenage girl that would now be responsible for taking care of God.
Think about what could have been going through Joseph’s mind. How can an imperfect man before a father to God? The one thing that I wonder about is what was it like for God to come to the Earth that he created as a defenseless baby.
Also, take time to reflect on the love that God has for all of us that he was willing to leave his throne in heaven and come to live among his creation. Most of all, worship God for the gift of his Son, the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world.
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. -Luke 2:11”
4. Invite a Widow or a Struggling Family Over for Dinner:
Christmas can be a very lonely time for some. Be a light for Christ and invite over a widow, single person, or a family to share in a meal and fellowship. Go out of your way to make it a special time for them.
“Give proper recognition to those widows who are in need.-1 Timothy 5:2-4”
5. Be Jesus to Someone:
Be Jesus to someone who is in need and cannot pay you back. There are so many wonderful ministries and charities that you can support with either your time or money that reach out into the community to touch those who are desperately in need.
This could involve working in a soup kitchen, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, or any number of different things.
“The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.- Matthew 25:40”
6. Bring Christmas Cookies to Your Neighbors:
Another great way to love Christ at Christmas is to take a day and bake cookies for your neighbors. If you have kids, make it a fun time by having them help you decorate the cookies.
With each plate of cookies, include a Christmas card that has the true meaning of Christmas on it. Take the family and one by one drop off the cookies with your each of your neighbors. This can also be a great time to catch up with them and talk for a little while.
“The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.- Galatians 5:14”
7. Celebrate Christmas:
Take time to dwell on the fact that God left His throne in heaven to come and live among his fallen creation. Also, reflect on the fact that God loves us so much that he would rather come to Earth as a defenseless baby to die on a cross 33 years later for your sins and mine.
He offers salvation to anyone who trusts Him for his or her salvation. That just amazes me that the Creator of the Universe loves His creation like that. Awesome!
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. -1 John 3:1”
8. Attend a Christmas Worship Service at Your Church:
One of the easiest ways to keep Christ in Christmas is to attend a worship service at your church. Many churches have candlelight services on Christmas Eve to celebrate our Savior’s birth.
Most churches also have children’s programs around Christmas. They are always worth the time to attend because you never know what a kid will do in front of a crowd.
“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord God our Maker. -Psalm 95:6”
9. Set Up a Nativity Scene:
A nativity scene can be a great way to remind yourself of Christ’s birth every time that you walk by. We set up our nativity scene in our living room so that it is in an area that we frequently pass through.
Take some time to think what it was actually like on that night. You have a young couple in love about to have a baby and they could not find any place to stay other than a manger.
Shepherds were minding their own business out in a field when all of a sudden angels appeared announcing the birth of the Messiah. The shepherds then go and worship the newborn Savior.
“This will be a sign to you: ‘You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. -Luke 2:12”
10. Prepare a Birthday Cake for Jesus:
Another way to keep Christ at the center of your Christmas celebration is to make a cake for Jesus. Be sure to give thanks for all that Jesus has given to us before cutting into the cake. If you have young kids, sing happy birthday to Jesus.
“Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!- Revelations 7:12”
The Christmas season can be crazy with all different kinds of demands on our time. If we are not careful, Christmas will be over before we know it and we will miss it.
Take time to reflect on Christ’s birth and the reason that he came to die on a Roman cross for your sins and mine. If you do not know Christ as your Savior, I urge you to put your faith in Him and ask Him to forgive you of your sins.
The arguments for and against Christmas have lingered for so long among Christians. While there are believers who hold tenaciously to the belief that Christians should not identify with Christmas, others don’t see anything wrong with it.
The Arguments against Christmas
1. It has pagan origins. The apostate Christian church copied a pagan ceremony and gave it a Christian face.
2. Christ was not born on December 25th
3. We have no scriptural instruction to celebrate Christ’s birthday
4. People have unholy fun during Christmas or Yuletide season and Christ is hardly in their thoughts
Arguments for Christmas
But there are genuine believers who say the the pagan origin of Christmas is not relevant as long as they are celebrating Christ and not a Babylonian sun-god. They therefore see it as an opportunity to not only have godly feast but also share the love of Christ.
While they admit that the birth date of Jesus is not recorded or are even ready to concede with some researchers that Christ was most probably born in October, they see no harm in setting a special day apart to remember his birth.
Whilst it is true that the Roman Church may have got its idea of Christmas from a false religion, that in my opinion is not a reason strong enough to condemn believers who are truly celebrating Christ on December 25th.
Honestly, many of the things or ideas that are held today’ s civilisation, are somewhat influenced by pagan Graeco/ Roman culture and that of the paganistic Anglo-saxons.
For example, each day of the week was and remains named after pagan deities.
Sunday is Sun’s day, the day they worshipped the sun or sun-god. Monday comes from Anglo-Saxon, monandaeg( Moon’s day). People paid homage to the goddess of the moon on this day.
Tuesday is named after a Germanic god called Tiu, a good of war and sky. Wednesday is Woden’s day. Woden was the Roman god of commerce, travel and Science.
Thursday is Thor’s day. Thor was the Norse good of thunder and lighting. Friday is associated with Freya, wife of Woden. She was the goddess of love and fertility.
Saturday is Saturn’s day. If you wanted riches, you had to pay homage to this god.
Despite these days being named after pagan gods, Christians have not bothered to call them by other names. We still say ” our fellowship comes up on SUNDAY ”
We must also realise that Christians who celebrate Christmas do not have a remote or lifeless pagan god in their mind. They sing and talk about Christ.
Jesus is not happier because some people celebrate Christmas and He does not get angry because people do.
Romans 14:5-6 says:
“One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.”
It must however be said that all days remain same to God. And He wants us to remember Him and show love to people every day. Those who think it is only during Christmas that they have to care for others and the things of God, are myopic.
Let me also say, God is angry at the people of the world who add sin to sin during the Christmas season. We know that enemies of the cross, blind religious folks and the irreligious see this season as the period to organise wild parties and indulge in sexual orgies.
Even if they wish you a merry Christmas, you know that their celebration has nothing to do with Christ but to fulfill the carnal desires of their flesh. For them Christ is not the reason or purpose for the season.
Now to all who really think about Christ this season, I do not know whether to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS or a GODLY CHRISTMAS.
God bless you!
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