The Beautiful Origin of Christmas
Many people join the celebration of Christmas without ever truly understanding the origin of Christmas.
The beautiful origin of Christmas begins with Jesus' birth. (You can read about His birth by clicking on the Christmas Verses here.)
The exact date Jesus was born is unknown because the Apostles did not record the year. Dionysius Exiquus, a monk and scholar, worked out the first Christian calendar in the 6th century but he miscalculated the date by about 4 years.
In 325 AD, the Church took December 25th as the day of Jesus' birth since people were already
used to celebrating Saturnalia - a pagan feast celebrating the winter solstice. So that's
why we celebrate Jesus' birth on December 25th.
In Luke Chapter 4 the Bible tells us how Jesus stood up in the synagogue one Sabbath and read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. This is what he read: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
Then Jesus startled all who were listening when he said, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
You see, while the Jews were waiting for so many hundreds of years for a mighty king to come and deliver them from all the oppression they were subject to, their true deliverer was standing right before them. It was Jesus. A carpenter. No wonder they didn't recognize him.
But the good news is that Jesus did not come to deliver the Jews only. He came for all mankind - Jew and gentile. To deliver us from the penalty of our sins. He came to offer us forgiveness and release us from our debt to sin. That debt is death - a spiritual death - removed from God for all eternity.
Luckily for us, Jesus was born to die for payment of our sins.
It was and is a simple gift from Him to us. All we need to do is receive it.
Just acknowledge your sin and sincerely ask Jesus for forgiveness. Told you it was simple.
And for His payment we receive the gift of eternal life in heaven with God.
Isn't that reason to celebrate Jesus' birth each year??
Spread the good news of Jesus' birth to your family and friends - send them Christian Christmas cards!
Want to learn more about Christmas with Jesus?
The reactions of those who saw the newborn babe lying in the manger?
And how about some Christmas tree history?
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