By Joe Benjamin
When we think of Christmas, automatically one’s mind goes to think about tinsel, presents, Christmas shopping, cards, feasting, Christmas trees, lights etc. This is because Christmas has been commercialised and has lost its meaning in a world that is anti-Christian and pagan. The reason why Christmas is there in the first place, is because of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Last week, in our home, we had the official turning on of the lights and my children, Jair and Jael, decorated the Christmas tree in our house. We did it early this year, because I succumbed to pressure from my children. I usually leave it to the last minute. Yes, our family celebrates Christmas, and the reason we do it, is because this is the only time we can really sit down and reclaim this holiday which has now been taken over by the world. We are bringing back the true reason for the season.
It is worth pointing out, that it is highly unlikely Jesus Christ was born in December. He was most likely born around Spring time, April – May time. The biblical narrative asserts that shepherds were watching over their flocks in the fields on the night of Jesus’ birth. (Luke 2:8 [KJV] “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night). There is bad weather in December, and there is no way the shepherds can be out in the fields. Furthermore, Jesus is likened to the lamb of God (John 1:29). Lambs are born around spring time.
The bottom line is, no-one knows the actual date of Jesus’ birth. The date that has been set aside is 25 December. Even though this date originates from a pagan tradition, I do not get stuck on the dates and the months etc. I concentrate on the reason for the season. The WHY is more important than the WHEN. In fact, for a Jesus Christ follower, Christmas should be every day, not only on 25 December.
Many Christians get stuck on dates and get offended for no reason. Some Christians do not even celebrate anything at Christmas. Of course, we know that Santa Claus has high-jacked the birthday of Jesus. But that does not mean that one needs to disregard the only day in the calendar, where the entire world celebrates and stands still to commemorate the birth of a King. You cannot throw away the baby with the dirty bath water, neither can you throw away the apple pie just because you found an apple seed in it. We are in this world but, we are not of this world. You cannot be too holy that you are of no earthly good.
I worry that Christmas is even being taken over further, by people who now want to call it Xmas instead of Christmas. This is just because they do not want to attribute it to Christ. Most shops and, sadly, some churches call it Holiday Season or Holidays so they don’t offend other religions. The fight, I believe, should be that we can still remember Jesus and His birth in a manger. He is Lord, so all come and adore Him.
I believe that Christmas, and the holiday that is, in most countries of the world, 25 December, is a fulfilment of prophecy. (Luke 1:32 [KJV] He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David). Scripture says He shall be great. It is worth noting that on the Gregorian calendar, Jesus’ birthday is the only day that people get a holiday for a religious figure. Other religious leaders have no mention, because Jesus Christ is the greatest.