Reasons For Celebrating Christmas

November 17, 2016

Reasons For Celebrating Christmas

We celebrate because we are happy about something. Christmas has a long history of being celebrated because people are happy about the birth of Christ. It is celebrated because of the fact that Jesus Christ made his appearance in this world.

There is abundant reason to be merry when we reflect on what the Bible says about the coming of Christ to this world. Let’s look at some of the exciting events that took place at the coming of Christ.

If we only knew the sacrifice Christ made to come to this earth, we would be forever grateful to him. We can’t comprehend the glory he left behind when he came here. Philippians 2:6-8 says, “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” He humbled himself and made himself of no reputation. Why did he do that? He didn’t have to. Being in the form of God, he was under no obligation. God is sovereign. He doesn’t have to answer to anyone.

He was made in the likeness of men. That includes human birth and childhood. Luke 2:7 tells us that he was born in a barn. There are mysteries and miracles surrounding the birth of Christ. For example, was he conscience of where he was during the time he was in the womb? He had to learn to walk and talk like all little ones do. He was born of a virgin. That was a miracle. He voluntarily gave up some of his divine attributes during the time he was in a human body. Those are questions that have occupied the minds of theologians for centuries. He came, knowing full well that while he was here he would be ridiculed, rejected, and crucified. Yes Philippians 2:9 says that when he went back to heaven he was highly exalted, but what a price he paid!

His birth was announced to a group of shepherds by an angel. His message to them was “Fear not; for, behold I bring you good tidings of great joy” (Luke 2:9). In Matthew we read that wise men made a long journey in search of him and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Were they fools for doing that, or are we fools if we don’t likewise worship him?

We have abundant reason to celebrate when we reflect on the awful price Christ paid to come to this miserable world and spend 33 years among men. We have even more reason to celebrate if we have been redeemed as Galatians 3:13 says, “from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” John 10:10 says that he came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. And even more, because he came we have a glorious future if we are among the redeemed. I John 5:11-12 says “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”

There are some people who don’t celebrate Christmas. Among their reasons for not doing so are that there is good reason to think that Christ wasn’t born on the 25th of December. Also they point to the fact that Christmas is too commercialized and is often taken as an excuse for living in debauchery. They are right about that, but an event that has the significance that the birth of Christ has, deserves to be celebrated. Since no one knows the day of Christ’s birth, why not leave it on the 25th of December rather than go against tradition? There are many ways to celebrate Christmas with dignity rather than debauchery.

Most people we know will celebrate Christmas, but if we were to ask them why they celebrate Christmas many would say, “I don’t know. I guess it’s because it’s Christmas.” Be among those who celebrate Christmas because “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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