For those who have asked us questions regarding Christmas,
    we have compiled our answer into one article. We celebrate
    Christmas. Some Christians choose not to celebrate it because the
    holiday is derived from "pagan origins". We would like to point out a
    few things about the Christmas season to put it all into balance.

    Is the Christmas holiday rooted in paganism? Yes, but Christians
    are not pagans and the Christmas holiday for hundreds of years
    been associated with the Lord Jesus.
    So how can we find balance?

    Should one celebrate Christmas?

    This is truly between each individual Christian and the Lord. The Lord
    is working on each of us and next year, we might all think and write
    differently about this subject, as the Lord would have us to.

    The Lord never instructed us to celebrate His birth.
    Most likely Jesus was not even born in the month of December.
    The Bible does not record what date Jesus was born.
    Nowhere in the bible will you find a commandment to "celebrate
    Christmas". The bible says that we are to remember the Lord's death
    and resurrection.

    But even so, we believe this time of year is one of the best times
    afforded to the Christian to share the Good News that Jesus saves!
    Since this is a Christian Holiday, we can lift up the name of Jesus to a
    lost and dying world. Jesus is the Reason for the Season! The greatest
    opportunity to share the Gospel message is now...why Jesus came-- to
    save His people from their sins. The message of the manger must
    always point people to the Cross-- the death, burial and resurrection of
    our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Question is: do most Christians use this time wisely or do they get
    caught up in the worldly hype?

    Something to think about...

    Hollywood, since the beginning, has sought to create "holiday tradition"
    with films such as "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th
    Street". Santa traditions were recreated, laced with worldly songs and
    materialistic attitude. Remembering Jesus was taken out and "warmth
    and home" were brought in-- so much so that the suicide rate is very
    high at Christmas. Unrealistic expectations...People want to experience
    what they see in the over-the-top Christmas movies.

    Humanism has sought to kick God out of society all together. Even at
    Christmas, the manger scene which once was the focal point of the
    town square during Christmas is now considered "offensive". The
    grinch is now the main attraction.

    Even with the above mentioned, a Christian may appear like a  
    "Scrooge" to his neighbors if he opts out of Christmas. One may look
    like an atheist if he does not celebrate Christmas. We must be careful
    not to be a stumbling block either.

    By tradition, Christ has been in Christmas. The world has made it
    "politically correct" to remove Christ from "Christmas" with the new
    "Happy Holidays" slogan.  But even if a Christian celebrates Christmas,
    it does NOT mean that he should celebrate it in the same manner as the
    world.

    A Time of Opportunity

    Certainly, the Christmas season is a GREAT opportunity for the Church
    to preach about WHY Jesus came to earth. Many unsaved people, who
    do not darken the door of a church all year long, will come to church
    on Christmas. Hopefully, the pastor will preach a sermon on the Lord
    Jesus and His purpose for coming to earth to redeem His creation--
    sinful mankind. The purpose of any sermon is to bring honor and glory
    to the Lord Jesus Christ. A Christmas sermon should point people to
    their need
    of the Savior.

    Remember Why Jesus Came

    Though the Bible does not teach us to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it is
    important to remember why He came. We are to remember His death
    and resurrection. For this is why Jesus came into the world— to shed
    His precious blood and to die for our sins.

    Matt 1:21  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his
    name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

    John 18:37  Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then?
    Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I
    born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear
    witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my
    voice.

    A Time of Thanksgiving

    For the Christian, Christmas should be a time where families gather
    together in thanksgiving. We should give thanks for our wonderful
    Savior and the price He paid to redeem us.  We have access into the
    very Throne Room of God because of what Jesus did for us at the
    Cross. We must remember the Lord every day of our lives but sadly
    many Christians are preoccupied with everyday things that they do
    indeed forget to look unto Jesus. (Hebrews 12:2)

    This season should remind us of how the Word became flesh for the
    sole purpose of dying for us and rising again that we might live with
    Him forever. Without Jesus, there is no hope. Without Him, there
    is no Resurrection. John 3:16:  For God so loved the world, that he
    gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
    should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    1John 4:10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he
    loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

    1John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent
    the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

    Remembering The Risen Christ

    The world remembers Jesus as a baby. “Sweet little baby Jesus…” but
    we must remember and emphasize to the unsaved that we have a Risen
    Savior. Our Savior is not the “Sweet baby Jesus”. Our Savior, though
    altogether merciful and sweet, is the POWERFUL God-Man who sits
    glorified in Heaven, ever interceding on our behalf. Jesus has skin like
    brass, eyes like flames of fire, and white hair. We are to remember that
    our Savior lives in glory. He is fully God and fully man. He is not a
    baby. Jesus says, "All power is given unto me..."

    For Christians to sing songs about the "baby Jesus" is not Scriptural.
    Jesus is not a baby. He was a baby; born of a virgin and born in a
    manger. But He is glorified in Heaven now-- the man, Christ Jesus.
    When we think and meditate upon the Lord, we must remember who
    He is now. If you don’t know who He is, get to know Him—read the
    Bible. God’s Word is the greatest treasure chest.

    Phil 2:9-11  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and
    given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of
    Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in
    earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should
    confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    We should be aware of the fact that many of the Christmas carols we
    all sing have doctrinal errors in them-- considering the fact that Jesus is
    not a baby anymore.

    Certainly Santa should NEVER play a part within a Christian's
    life because Christians must have integrity and not lie to their
    children.

    As Christians we are supposed to remember our Lord's death, burial
    and resurrection and we are to look forward to His Second Coming.
    Jesus is our Blessed Hope! He is coming in power.

    Some Things That We Should Keep In Mind:

    The holiday, "Winter Solstice" is pagan in origin. Christmas does
    stem from this holiday, practiced by the pagans in ancients past. The
    Roman Catholic Church replaced the paganism with Christianity to
    improve the holiday or "Christianize” it. Does this mean that we are
    pagan for remembering the Lord on December 24th or 25th?  No.
    We, as Believers in Christ, must remember Him every day of the year.

    It is only when we start acting as the heathen/pagan that it
    becomes grievous...worshipping man's decorations on trees,  
    Santa Claus lies, materialism, selfish attitudes-- "gimme this"
    attitude; man-made traditions rooted in mysticism-- such as the
    mistletoe and lastly: making the house of God a house of
    merchandise...peddling a watered-down "Gospel" through
    Christmas dramas.

    CHRISTMAS TREES:

    In the commercialization of Christmas, there is too much of an
    emphasis on decorations and "holiday spirit". Decorating trees was a
    practice of the heathen.  Even today, people gather around the tree
    almost in a form of worship. They gaze upon the tree. They look upon
    the tree in awe of all the beautiful decorations. One hundred years from
    now, we shall look upon tree trimming as outright silly. What should be
    realized is how ridiculous people look gathered around a decorated
    artificial tree singing songs and looking at the tree in awe. Most today
    own artificial trees-- that don't even smell good-- and they dress and
    fuss with the tree. People spend hundreds of dollars decorating their
    trees and their homes and their churches. These things will not be
    counted for much in the spans of eternity. Christmas trees are beautiful
    but decorations should not be the primary focus of Christmas. Our
    remembrance of the Savior should be. If you're going to celebrate
    Christmas, then act like a Christian while celebrating.

    If one wants to decorate a Christmas tree, make sure that it is not the
    focal point of your home. If you find yourself looking at the tree
    constantly, you might want to not decorate one next year-- lest you
    find yourself in idolatry. Jesus should come first every day of the
    year.

    THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PLAY:

    Churches put on grand productions at Christmas time. Many churches
    are decorated with the very best and thousands of dollars are spent in
    preparation for the Christmas season. Many large churches now spend
    thousands of dollars on props, sets, and production. The church
    members spend months in preparation and rehearsal. "Let's grab the
    attention of the community..." Yet the hype is not needed. It almost
    makes the suggestion that God's Word is not good enough to win the
    lost. "We must have a grand presentation at Christmas...We have to put
    on a production on a grand scale so that one can get saved."  What it
    boils down to is entertainment for the sheep and God's Word is added
    to the script. Sinners get entertainment by living in the world. They
    need to hear the Gospel in its pure form-- the preaching of God's Holy
    Word without distractions. They need to be told why they need a
    Savior and why Jesus died for them.

    EMPHASIS ON PRESENTS:

    "Buy, Buy, Buy..." It comes to the point where you don't know what
    to buy for the person who seems to have almost everything. "Let's
    create more gift ideas..." and the world keeps turning and turning. The
    devil loves to distract mankind from the things that really matter. Each
    person is busy thinking about everything else but his own eternal
    destiny.

    A great illustration that can be given is that each unsaved person on this
    earth dwells within a prison. There is only ONE door out of the
    prison-- which is the Lord Jesus Christ but the devil tries to distract
    mankind from the Door by providing every kind of vice imaginable, to
    keep them occupied. Most never enter the Door because they are too
    busy and distracted to think about leaving their prison cell.

    Yet once a person receives Jesus as their Savior, they begin to see
    things much more clearly. They look back upon their life to see what a
    poor wretch they really were without Christ and all the gifts in the
    world would never satisfy the longing in their heart for forgiveness
    and peace-- that ONLY comes from receiving Jesus as Savior.
    Gifts will never fill the void. Only Jesus can forgive our sins and fill the
    emptiness inside. So the emphasis in the Christian's life should not be
    upon material possessions or "Christmas gifts" but rather upon the
    greatest GIFT ever given to mankind-- the Lord Jesus Christ. Our
    focus should be upon reaching those who do not know Christ...not only
    helping meet their material needs (food, shelter, clothing, money) but
    sharing with them the Gospel. Only Jesus can satisfy the longing of the
    soul.

    What good will you do if you give a homeless man a blanket but you
    do not share with him the greatest message of all? Give him Jesus!
    Give the blanket but give the message as well. Don't wait for someone
    else to tell the Gospel story...tomorrow is promised to no man. All
    Christian charities must return to preaching Jesus to those that they
    help.

    MAN-MADE HOLIDAY HYPE

    As we have stated before in a previous article, the world makes a BIG
    deal of man-made holidays. Non-Christians are empty, in search of
    something to occupy their time and to give them a sense of fulfillment.
    The problem is that their joy is temporary and is based on the seasonal
    holidays of the year. These man-made holidays give only a temporary-
    momentary happiness that is soon over and they, the following day,
    immediately look forward to the next holiday. They wait in anticipation
    of it. The have high hopes and have bought into the "hype", only to
    find out the holiday they so longed for came and went and then they
    must look forward to the next holiday. It's a vicious cycle that never
    ends until one receives Jesus. as Savior and Lord.

    People are stressed out during the "holidays". Many are depressed
    during the holidays. What man has attempted to do is to create a sense
    of pseudo happiness for the holidays. Each person has believed the
    hype in the holiday movies and is greatly disappointed when their
    holiday is not as great as it could have been.

    The emptiness is realized the day after the holiday is over and all the
    hype has silenced. One should not teach their kids to live for the
    holidays or weekends but rather that they must receive their happiness
    from the source of all life-- The Lord of Glory.

    We all love receiving gifts. When is enough truly enough?  We have
    become a materialistic society that is programmed to desire more but
    how many things can we possibly own? Our homes get cluttered with
    things we don't use, purchased by family relatives who don't know
    what to buy for us. People then have to buy storage bins to store the
    things they don't really need and then they feel the need to purchase a
    larger home to house all of the useless things that they own, etc.

    The holiday season hype is a WORLDLY conditioning of the mind.
    Yet the Bible says in Romans 12:2,  "And be not conformed to this
    world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that
    ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will
    of God."

    KEEPING THE ETERNAL PICTURE IN
    FOCUS:

    James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father
    is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to
    keep himself unspotted from the world.

    1Tim 6:17-19  Charge them that are rich in this world, that they
    be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living
    God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good,
    that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to
    communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good
    foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on
    eternal life.

    Encourage your pastor and church to reach out to the community.
    Reach out to the needy, support your local homeless shelter, hand out
    Gospel tracts along with your charitable services. Reach out to the poor
    within the church body. There are many Christians who attend church
    with you every week who live in poverty.

    Whatever we do we should do all for the glory of God-- keeping in
    mind the eternal picture. What will count one hundred years from now?

    CONCLUSION

    No matter if you celebrate Christmas or not, REMEMBER the Lord
    and why He came.

    1 John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent
    the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

    Use this time to minister to others-- whether it be financially or the
    giving of your time. The Christmas season is truly a wonderful
    opportunity to share the Gospel message with others.  Use this time to
    spend with your family, reflecting on all the wonderful things God has
    brought you through this year. His faithfulness is beyond words!

    Psalm 36:5  Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and Thy
    faithfulness unto the clouds.

    We serve an awesome and powerful God! He should be remembered
    every day of our lives. Our Risen Savior, the Lord Jesus, is coming
    back again.

    Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
    who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
    despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the
    throne of God.

    We are to remember WHY Jesus came. We are to remember His death
    and Resurrection and we are also to look forward to His coming again.
    We are given a commandment by our Lord-- to fulfill the Great
    Commission in reaching lost souls for the Lord Jesus. The Lord shall
    return. Are we ready?

    Matt 24:44  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye
    think not the Son of man cometh.


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    WISHING YOU ALL A MERRY AND JOYOUS CHRISTMAS!


    Further Reading:

    Jesus Died For Us
    The King Was Born In A Manger - NEW!
    The Wise Men and The Star of Bethlehem
    Should We Teach the Kids about Santa Claus?
    Laying Up Treasures.. Where Is Your Treasure?
    Are You Rapture Ready? Consider who the Lord is!
    JESUS IS - OUR GREATEST TREASURE!

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