Christmas is the only holiday left for the world to celebrate Jesus, and because they don’t know Him, they are left with a child in a manger, shepherds who packed up their staffs and went home after they worshiped the Baby Jesus and 3 oriental kings, who left Jesus gifts under a mythical Christmas tree.
The world ends up celebrating “love” by giving gifts, not celebrating the Gift God gave us, His only Son, who died for our awful sins.
Some of us don’t celebrate Christmas as a “holy day”, but rather the first day of the week, the Lord’s Day, is celebrated as a holy day that God ordained us to celebrate not only His birth, but His life, His death, and His Resurrection, His Ascension, and His promised return – the day when He will judge the sinners with eternal punishment and reward His Church, His Bride, with everlasting joy! But most of them have no use for that once a week, holy day. And Christ certainly doesn’t need to be crucified again and again:
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;
and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second
time without sin unto salvation
Nevertheless, some of us also join the world in celebrating its pale sister, Christmas, without guilt, because, for many of us, our first memorization of Scripture came in one of those children’s plays put on ever year at church. It’s hymns are also among the finest tunes every written, and they include the message of the gospel. We have fond memories of gift giving, family feasts, and yes, even the feast of St. Nicholas. Some of the best movies ever made by Hollywood are released and brought out every year: Even George Bailey sang a Christian Carol after his children had prayed and he was restored withe his family. Even the Muppet Christmas Carol has allusions to the gospel, including the red scarf, given to Scrooge. We can use the opportunity to share the gospel of Christ, and we should.
David is currently an adjunct instructor of Composition and Speech at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa. His wife and he have also owned a business selling antique and collectible postcards on eBay since 1999. David was an activist with Operation Rescue in the early 1990s. He is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Reformed Church in Johnston, Iowa.
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