Christmas: Was Jesus born on December 25th? Should Christians celebrate Christmas?
The Bible mentions nothing about the specific date Jesus was born, nor the setting aside of one day per year when Christians should celebrate His birth. The most knowledgeable guesstimates are that Jesus was born in late September.
Is it wrong to celebrate Christmas? No, as long as the celebration does not cause one to violate any command or principle in God’s word. Cheerful and unselfish giving is certainly a Biblical principle (2Corinthians 8:1-7; 9:7). Remembering the poor, family gatherings, and even esteeming one day above another for spiritual purposes, does not violate Biblical principles (Romans 14:5).
But is that really the picture our society portrays at Christmas? We love to contemplate God coming to us (Matthew 1:23) in the form of a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and being laid in a manger. But when we see Jesus hanging on the Cross, well, many would just prefer to keep their distance. The Cross was more important than the manger. Jesus came to bear His Cross, in order that we may bear our cross (Luke 9:23), in hope of salvation (1Peter 1:4-5).
Let’s not allow all the bright lights and glitter take our focus off the fact that Jesus came to earth with a mission to make it possible for us to have a mission of going to Heaven. We should not only remember His coming, but remember where we are going (Matthew 25:46)– Toby Miller
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Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Proper baptism in water puts a person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3) and results in the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).