Updated: May 6
Do you celebrate Christmas? Do you put up a tree and exchange presents? Why do you or do you not celebrate? What does Christmas mean to you and your family?
If you are a worldly unsaved person your first thought would be that Christmas is about family and presents coming from Santa. We all know that Saint Nicholas was a real person born around 280 AD. and died around 343 AD in Patara, Lycia, which is in present day Turkey. His story was that he went around giving presents to the poor during the Christmas season. He was a Christian Bishop known as the legendary "Santa Caus". Santa is said to bring presents to children around the world.
Giving is a great thing to do. Giving unto others shows kindness and thoughtfulness of others. I firmly believe that if you have the ability to help others, then you have the responsibility to help others. This is not just giving money and physical items but giving time as well. There are thousands of people that donate time to organizations such as the Salvation Army, food banks and places that feed the homeless and poor. This however still is not the reason for Christmas. "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." Luke 6:38
The reason for Christmas is the birth of Jesus Christ. Though he was not actually born on Christmas, it is the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Everyone knows the story as the baby in the manger nativity scene is sold and shown all over the world and especially in the United States. The story goes that 3 wise men came and gave gifts of "gold, frankincense, and myrrh." Gold symbolizes of kingship on earth, frankincense is an an incense and symbolizes his deity, and myrrh, an embalming oil, as a symbol of the death of Jesus. The myrrh was to symbolize his death to account for the payment of our sins. The wise men recognized that Jesus was our savior. In fact giving gifts could be considered a small form of praise and worship. Think about it this way, where your money is is where your heart is. "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh." Matthew 2:11
The true story of Christmas is the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is not just the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you must include the birth for the complete and whole gospel. As he was 100% God and 100% man. He left his throne in heaven to come down to be born a man, to live a sinless life to fulfill the prophecy and requirement for the propitiation for our sins as a perfect, sinless lamb. His ministry here on Earth was the reason for his birth, and thus the reason for Christmas. "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10
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