Yaay! Christmas is here again. The season of love and sharing. The time to remember and retell the greatest love story ever told, a time to ponder on the most amazing sacrifice ever done.
Christmas unleashes the feeling of thanksgiving, joy and happiness in the air, it brings families and loved ones together and generally emanates a feeling of love and sharing.
Christmas is literally the best season in the year, no question.
You can imagine then why I find it perplexing that some people are against celebrating Christmas.
This group of people comes up with all kinds of arguments as to why celebrating Christmas is wrong.
They insist that Jesus was not born on December, the 25th; they argue December 25th was a day used to celebrate some god and therefore equate our celebration of Christmas to idolatry.
Now, I don’t think anybody who is my peer and above think Jesus was born on December 25, we all know it was a chosen date.
So do us a favour and stop acting like it is some esoteric information only you are privy to, we are somehow not ignorant of the fact.
But I still can’t conceive why that is enough reason not to celebrate.
A friend and man of God defined Christmas as (paraphrased) “Christ – Son of God and Messiah of the world, Mass – a special service of worship.
Therefore, Christmas is a day of special service for the worship of the Messiah.
Reinhard Bonnke also said something that I found interesting, he explained that we care about some people and give them cards, some we love enough to buy gifts for and others we really love and visit personally.
Christ really loved us; He didn’t send His angels but came personally to save us.
Should we then find offense in celebrating such a great gift?
I think NOT.
Jesus wasn’t born on the 25th of December: Yes, we know that.
Some of us probably have grandparents or even parents who do not know the exact day they were born. They sometimes use a special event to determine their birthday and they still more often than not miss the exact day.
Yet we celebrate their birthdays, we don’t argue about how we need to know the exact date to celebrate them.
All we care about is celebrating their birth; we don’t get all fussy about the date. Same way we are not celebrating the day of Christ’s birth but His BIRTH. All those other details are pass time for nitpickers in my opinion.
They say that celebrating Christmas is not Biblical: Really? The birth of Jesus was not celebrated in the Bible? Am I the only one with Luke 2: 10-14 in my Bible?
“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them … And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David, a saviour, which is Christ the Lord … And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men.”
Angels were actually the first to celebrate the birth of Christ; we took our cue from them. The only difference is they didn’t call it ‘Christmas’. If that’s your issue, then please, you can decide to say, “Merry Christ’s birth,” maybe that would make you feel holier than the rest of us. But about not celebrating Christ’s birth in the Bible? Look again brethren.
The day was formerly used to worship the sun god: This is the one that amazes me the most; I can’t still wrap my head around why it is such a big deal. I mean how we can claim to be the ‘Children of Light’ if we pay darkness this much attention is beyond me.
Reinhard Bonnke asked if we refuse to plant on a piece of land because weeds grew on it.
The answer is NO. We don’t, what we do is uproot the weeds.
So why should obliterating a pagan festival done in honour of some faceless god and dedicating it to God – who might I add owns the days in the first place – be any different?
The problem with us Christians like I mentioned earlier is that we give too much attention to darkness and its forces, we seem to have forgotten that “we were given power to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy,” Luke 10:19. And not to mention “the earth’s the Lord’s and its fullness thereof,” Psalm 24 – including all 365 days in the year.
December 25 belongs to the Lord and it has been taken by the Lord, as it should be. If you still have an issue with the date, then choose yours. Not everybody celebrates on December 25 but let it not be said of you that you equated celebrating Christ birth to idolatry just because some ‘have eyes but can’t see’ god was previously celebrated on that date. Just think of the number of people that will directly or indirectly on this day honour what Jesus did for mankind many centuries ago.
Now I do accept that most people use it as an opportunity to engage in unscrupulous activities but we shouldn’t also ignore the multitudes that respect the Reason for the Season.
Let me however say at this junction that Christmas is incomplete without Christ. It is not a time for drunkenness and lasciviousness; it is not a time for meat and food only. It is a time to reflect on Christ and what He did for us. He came as man to sinful earth to become sin and die in place of undeserving man.
The day should be about HIM, NOT YOU. Use it to reflect His values of love by showing love to someone today.
Make sure you celebrate JESUS CHRIST, THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.
Now I want you to do something for Jesus today. Make sure when you send wishes to people, you do not substitute ‘Christ’ with ‘X’, write it in full, there is no Christmas without Christ. You can also add ‘Christ is the Reason for the Season, you never know, you just might draw somebody’s attention towards Christ.
On the final note, you cannot fully/truly celebrate Christ’s birth until you have invited him into your life – saw this engraved on a church. Reflect on it, Jesus loves you.
Merry Christmas, my people. Christ is the Reason for the Season.