Many questions surround why we celebrate Christmas or how we celebrate Christmas. I wanted to take this time to consult some Scripture on the story. What better place to start than the prophecies of Christ’s birth.
In Isaiah 7:14, we read that Ahaz is asked of God to request a sign that could be “as low as Sheol, or as high as heaven”. Ahaz refused to ask the sign on account of putting God to the test. The sign was so that Ahaz would know that Judah would not be conquered by Israel. Ahaz didn’t ask a sign, so God offered one:
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel” (NASB).
“Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given” (Isaiah 9:6)
We read in Luke Chapter 2, that the Angels proclaimed this very birth to men:
“For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ (Messiah) the Lord. (Luke 2:11)
Christmas is definitely a biblical thing, as believers celebrate it. But, how do we celebrate Christ’s birth? Christmas is a big deal in America and elsewhere. Perhaps for other reasons than Christ’s birth. It is important for believers not to take the focus away from our recognition of Jesus Christ the Messiah having come to us.
We don’t celebrate Christmas around the time of Christ’s actual birth. Is this significant? We know that God created all things…days, years, and so on. For the believer, we see that Paul encourages the church in Romans 14:5 that:
“5 One person regards one day above another, another regards all days alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord (speaking of believers, not just anyone…this was understood), ”
Paul’s encouragement is this: The world has already been redeemed by Christ. When we observe days in honor of the Lord (this part is important), it is sanctified. My hope is that we can be at peace with one another, and cease targeting fellow believers with minutia which divides us, rather than celebrating Christ, who unites us.