Should We Celebrate the Birth of Jesus on December 25?
The Bible does not give the exact date for the birth of Jesus Christ. And there is no command to keep or celebrate the day of Christ’s birth as a sacred day. While it might be a public holiday, it is not a biblical holy day.
December 25 was an ancient holiday for the birth of Tammuz the child of the sun-god. Later, December 25 was assigned by the emperor Constantine in 336 AD, as a day to remember Christ’s birth in an effort to make Christianity more attractive to non-Christians.
Today, some people with good and honest conscience do not feel comfortable with the idea of associating Christ’s birth with a pagan holiday. And in an effort to avoid celebrating “Christmas,” they may lose the spiritual advantage of meditating on the fact that Christ was born into this world to save the lost. Those that feel that way should nonetheless set aside some time during the year to contemplate and celebrate the birth of Christ and His infinite love.
Focus on Jesus Not Self
There are others who do not feel that it is wrong to remember Christ’s birth during December 25th. To such, it will be a worthy challenge to focus on the saving meaning of Christ’s birth and to share material resources with the poor and needy instead of indulging self in the secular traditions of Christmas.
In blessing the poor, Jesus said: “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’”
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’” (Matthew 25:34-40).
Do All to the Glory of God
Therefore, whether observing Christ’s birth on Christmas or on any other day of the year, let all be done as to the Lord. Paul taught, “He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord” (Romans 14:6). It is the goal of the believer’s entire existence to live not “to himself,” for his own plans and according to his own wishes, but “unto the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:14, 15).
The Christian’s whole life, to its very final time, belongs to the Lord (Romans 14:8). For at judgement, he must give an account of himself to God (verse 12). Therefore, the believer should act in such a way as he would “stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (verse 10).
The Bible tells us “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). The believer’s ultimate goal is to live in line with the laws of God and promote His honor. This motive arises from his love for God and his readiness to do His will (John 14:15; 1 John 5:3). All his activities should be done with the focus to promote the kingdom of God.
In His service,
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