It’s that Time of the year again, when streets are decorated with Christmas lights and trees, people go on vacations, there are celebrations and merry making everywhere.
Have you ever wondered if it’s Right to celebrate Christmas? Some Christians claim it is wrong because it was not recorded in the bible, that the disciples or early Christians celebrated Christmas
They also argue that Jesus was not born on the 25th of December.
It is true that no mention was made of the early Christians celebrating Christmas and it is very likely that Jesus was not born on the 25th of December, but we need to look at the meaning and significance of Christmas.
Christmas is the celebration of the birth Jesus “The long awaited Messiah”.
How are we sure Jesus is the Messiah? Right from the book of Genesis God had promised to send a Messiah to deliver Mankind from the devil (Genesis 3:15), and the Bible is full of prophecies giving descriptions about the messiah, these prophecies were made many years before Jesus was born and Jesus fits all of these descriptions. Let us look at a few of them.
Will come from Judah: (Genesis 49:10)
A star will come out of Jacob: (Numbers 24:17)
A prophet like Moses: (Deuteronomy 18:15-19)
A Descendant of David: (2 Samuel 7:12-16)
Born of a Virgin: (Isiah 7:14)
Born in Bethlehem: (Micah 5:2)
Will be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver 🙁 Zechariah 11:12-13)
The night Jesus was born an Angel appeared to some shepherds who were out in the fields watching over their flocks: (Luke 2:8 – 15) and we are told the Angels were praising God and saying “peace to men on earth on whom his favour rest”.
Certainly, mankind should be happy and rejoice that a saviour was born to save them from their sins, this is one of the reasons why the western church chose a day to remember tell that a Saviour was born to save us from our sins.
As we celebrate we should try to remember the teachings of Jesus whom we are celebrating and follow in His footsteps.