Topic: What the Bible Says about Christmas There is so much work to be done, and so few who are willing to do it. “The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). There is however a belief that Christmas is a pagan holiday, which is where the debate comes in on when Jesus was born. Objection 1: It seems that the time for celebrating this mystery has not been properly ... in the Church on the Friday before Easter, and not on Christmas Day. Yes, He wanted to bless those people with things beyond their wildest imagination. It is a matter of the heart. I’d say that’s something worth celebrating. If we truly love the Lord, our only goal should be to bless Him, to serve Him, and to advance His kingdom. That the One who is Love personified, would actually be blessed by the love that I could offer Him. Ecclesiastes 4:4 says, “And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbor. Let us give the greatest Christmas gift that we have been afforded to give; one that we can give year-round – to bless the heart of God! According to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, celebrating Christmas was first mentioned “in the Chronograph of Philocalus, a Roman almanac whose source material can be dated to 336 [C.E. | GotQuestions.org, The Haters: Christmas haters | GotQuestions.org, Celebrating: Dictionary and Thesaurus | Clyx.com. Yet, so many are not moving into their rightful place. God is not impressed, nor is He blessed by the best of our works done in self. This is our present Festival; it is this which we are celebrating to-day ... /.../cyril/lectures of s cyril of jerusalem/oration xxxviii on the theophany.htm, Of the Eternal Union of the Blessed Spirits with God, in the ... ... it, and to see it in celebrating it! Yes, He wanted them to find fulfillment in serving Him. Second, the Bible does not record that Jesus or any one of his disciples celebrated Christmas. Others are busily using their gifts, and by their own efforts are successful in the eyes of the world. Copyright (c) 2013 – Christ Unlimited Ministries – https://BibleResources.org, If this message has been a blessing to you and you would like to see more like them posted on this site, you can help make this possible by your gifts to Christ Unlimited Ministries. Let us follow through and obey Him, whether His commands seem great or small. As I was praying, I saw a vision of the Lord, manifested in the person of someone I love very much. Collectio E. Renaudoti. Christ Unlimited Ministries sponsors BibleResources.org as a tax exempt non-profit ministry. He literally gave of Himself to make each one of us. We all hope that if we were to die tomorrow, we would leave a legacy of some kind behind us. Let us truly fulfill the greatest commandment, which is to “Love the Lord our God with all our mind, soul, and strength; and to love our neighbor as ourself” (Luke 10:27). God is a giver, not a taker. ... Christ," in which it is expressly denied that the name Theophany applies to Christmas. Maybe they have a thriving ministry. Matthew 2:11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented to him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.Topicalbible.org, Luke 2:8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.Topicalbible.org, Matthew 2:16Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.Topicalbible.org, Romans 14:5-6One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. According to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, celebrating Christmas was first mentioned “in the Chronograph of Philocalus, a Roman almanac whose source material can be dated to 336 [C.E. Recently, as I was praying for the church and the nations of the world, a great sorrow began to rise up inside of me. Throughout Scripture, we find evidence of His great generosity towards His creation. As the vision continued, I could see Jesus sitting alone by a road with people running up and down it. The important point is that the Bible simply does not condemn the celebration of Christmas even in the traditional form and we have liberty in Christ to choose to do so. Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented to him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. Who will fill these missing places in the body of Christ? What is meant to be a time of blessing and joy becomes instead, a time of stress and depression. In all their mad rush to give and get, they missed the greatest treasure of all, sitting right in front of them. It simply can’t! The very nature of God is to give, to create, and to bless His creation.