I have asked this question for a very, very long time. We have introduced the Christmas Tree into our places of worship along with all of the bells and whistles that go along with it. This seems to be a rather pagan thing to do for Christmas Trees are in most every store which is selling wares to be distributed among friends and relatives. And we who claim Christ as Savior argue over whether or not we should call this time of year Christmas or not. Some say, ‘Happy Holidays’ which may or may not miss the point, but this word is really okay for the holiday is the contraction of the two words ‘holy’ and ‘day.’ Nothing really wrong with that, is there? Well, then, “What is your problem with ‘Christmas’?” you may ask. Again, nothing, but we, without question, spend way too much money on gifts at this time of year and whether we will admit it or not we give far less to the cause of missions around the world…at this time of year. If every Follower of the Christ would take 90% of this money and give it to mission causes, perhaps, just perhaps we would further the cause of Christ. By doing so we would honor the Christ of Christmas and bless our families with gifts, too.
Our Witness Must Be True
Every step we take, each word we speak and in every gesture we make our being should reflect who we are in Christ. Because He is our object of worship at Christ we must, in turn, demonstrate Him in all that we do. Jesus speaks a telling truth to a group of folks in the Temple,, “You know neither Me nor My Father, if you knew Me, you would know My Father also.” What we believe is recognized by those around us and this is the reason James wrote these words, “Accomplish the Word you study and not simply one who listens to a teacher.” (my paraphrase.) We are responsible to one another and to our God as well.
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” So the Pharisees said to Him, “You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not true.” Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me. Even in your law it has been written that the testimony of two men is true. I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.” So they were saying to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father; if you knew Me, you would know My Father also.” These words He spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one seized Him, because His hour had not yet come.” John 8:12-20 NASB.
We Celebrate Christmas Because of the Risen Christ
When Jesus’ time had come to die we were then given eternal life because of faith in Him and it was at the sight of the Empty Tomb that all who knew the One Who was crucified was Christ in deed. And this is the reason we celebrate Christmas for if it was not for the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, His birthday would be meaningless. Therefore, when we put all of those presents under that lighted tree we should be giving those gifts in the Name of the Risen Savior.
“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD. “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10:32-39.
Jesus is Lord.