What are we celebrating at Christmas?
The post below is the text from my new tract, “What is Christmas All About?” This is the first of two Christmas tracts for this season. The second, “Wise Men Still Seek Him” will be out by Thanksgiving.You can download the tract here for free.
What we doing at Christmas is celebrating a birthday. Not just any birthday but one of the most celebrated and foretold births in all of history: the birth of the Messiah and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Nobody knows the real date Jesus was born but Christians around the world choose December 25th as the day we set aside for this event.
It Was Foretold Thousands of Years Before it Happened.
There are many Old Testament prophecies conserving the coming Jewish Messiah and Jesus fills them all. Just a few concerning His birth are:
- He would be the seed of a woman (Genesis 3:15). That means He would not have an earthly father. Galatians 4:4 explains Jesus was the seed of the woman as He had no earthly father.
- That He would be born in Bethlehem-Judah. (Micah 5:2) . This was filled in Matthew 2:1.
- That He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14) and this one was filled in Luke 1:34 when Mary asked the angel saying “how can this be seeing I know not a man.
There are over forty different prophecies that Jesus filled showing Himself to be the Messiah and Saviour. There is another one in Isaiah, but it is not about His birth. It says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
Why would God do this? Why would He allow this to happen? It is because He loves us and wants a relationship with us & save us from our sins, 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17). Remember at this time of year, when so many people feel so lonely, God loves you and God gave us the greatest gift at Christmas if we would just take it, and to do that,
-Realize and accept the fact that we are sinners (for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. –Romans 3:23)
-Realized and accept the fact there is a consequence for your sin (the wages of sin is death. – Romans 6:23a). This is eternal separation from God.
-we must call upon the name of the Lord to be saved (Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. –Romans 10:13)
-Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
So if you do believe then say a prayer something like this: Jesus I know I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and save me.
These are not magic words just a guide. If you have believed and confessed then you are saved.
I am not against Christmas trees, family, exchanging of gifts. I love the holiday and enjoy the time with my family but that is not the main point. We cannot lose what Christmas is really all about. God bless.