The Christmas season is upon us and it’s truly the most wonderful time of year! Not counting the bah-humbug groups, most people everywhere are happy and friendly and filled with the seasonal joy. And while many of these happy people celebrate the “Happy Holiday” with Santa; we Christians celebrate “Merry Christmas” with Jesus!
Even though December 25th is likely not the actual birth date of Jesus, Christians around the world celebrate His birth on this day anyway! Why was He likely not born in December? Because when we study the Bible we learn that Jesus was actually born at the same time as all the baby lambs were being born, which is in the spring. Jesus was the “ultimate” Lamb of God, and the feasts and celebrations that God has instructed the Jewish people to follow, all relate to the real-life event of His Son’s birth.
But even if we have the wrong day, it doesn’t matter because it’s the fact that we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior that counts. God spoke through prophets throughout the Old Testament and proclaimed that a Savior was coming. This promise was manifest when Baby Jesus was born! And that gives us every reason to celebrate! Praise God!
The birth of Jesus was prophesied throughout the Old Testament. Jesus would be the Savior who would give His life as the Lamb of God, and become the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. He died for every soul every created by God, but sadly, only those who accept that He is Jesus, the Son of God who died for our sins and rose from the dead on the third day are the ones who are saved. To turn the death and resurrection into an all-inclusive salvation not only belittles the sacrifice that Jesus gave us, but it denies Jesus the glory that He so rightfully deserves!
Prophet Micah says:
- But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.—Micah 5:2
Prophet Isaiah says:
- Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.—Isaiah 7:14
Matthew the Disciple writes:
- And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.—Matthew 1:21-23
Angel Gabriel tells Mary:
- Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. 32 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: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.—Luke 1:30-33
The Angel tells the shepherds:
- And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger”.—Luke 2:8-12
Simeon, a believer waiting for the Messiah sees God:
- And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.”—Luke 2:25-32
Disciple John writes:
- That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.—John 3:15-18
- These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.—John 16:33
- Merry Christmas! Our Messiah was born just as God promised! And He’s getting ready to return as our King!
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