In Case You Missed It : Christmas is About Jesus, the Birth of the Christ

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There is a hub, like on a bicycle wheel, that points inward to the focus of what has taken place. Christian Apologetics identifies many of those spokes, pointing to the reality that in the history of the world, one event took place, that supersedes all others. “Christ” comes from the Greek word Christos, meaning “anointed one” or “chosen one.” This is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word Mashiach, or “Messiah.”

Luke 2:11-12 NIV  “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

I could name off many of those spokes, present the arguments, persuade with reasoning laced with factual evidence but in my estimation, individually they all fall short and collectively, even though they are mind boggling in themselves, they still fall short of the majesty and wonder of the birth of Jesus and the reality that He is and that we can know Him, today, here, right now.

He is the Messiah, the Christ, the Lord, He is alive and awaits our eyes to see Him and respond to His voice with our hearts.

You will hear of Him in the Christmas carols, you will be reminded of Him in the gifts that are exchanged and the lights that celebrate His birth plus the feast that normally follows, but these are reminders, just like the spokes of a bicycle wheel, they point to Him but they are not Him.

He is the Messiah. He is the Son of God, sent to a world that needs Him far beyond what we can even imagine.

John 3:16 NIV For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

In order to give us His Son, our heavenly Father had to actually send Him to us, in the person of a baby, who grew into a child, who grew into a man.

Christmas is our celebration of His birth, but it doesn’t stop there. If we don’t look beyond the cultural customs of the “holiday season”, if we only focus on the wrappings and overlook the gift that has and is being given, we’re missing it all.

The greatest gift that one can ever come to realize is that God is real, He sent us His Son, the promised Messiah, who did for us what we in ourselves could never do and through faith in Him and what He has done, we can actually call upon our Heavenly Father and experience the love and forgiveness that emulates from Him, because of Jesus.

Romans 8:29 NIV For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

Jesus is God’s first born, where death is defeated. His life is our life. This is why we celebrate His birth because in reality, it heralds our own birth, both now and in the life to come. This is our heavenly Father’s promise to us. Because He lives, we also shall live (John 14:19 NIV).

Interesting enough, in the Old Testament, God calls Israel His firstborn in Exodus 4:22 NIV, which would be under the coming Law. In the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ we have Jesus being the first born under the coming grace. The holiness of the Law being met through the grace of God in Jesus Christ. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. (Psalm 85:10 KJV)

Jesus is the personification of God’s mercy, where our sins are forgiven, where our life begins anew. To reject Jesus is to reject God’s mercy. We throw away the wrappings, don’t throw away God’s gift.

A blessed and joyous Christmas to all my friends!

You all have blessed me so many many times this past year and I thank you so much.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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      1. We might be missing something more than that, for is it not true that Christ himself told us to remember his death? He never told us to celebrate his birth. If we get too stuck on his birth, we might miss the reason for him being on earth, and that is to die on our behalf so we can be saved and have everlasting life.
        So many people get stuck on the image of a baby Jesus born in a crib, perpetuated by the celebration of Christmas, that they are hindered from seeing the victory of the risen Messiah.
        The same goes for the continued support in some religions to give meaning to the cross as an important symbol. Jesus Christ is not the cross, and neither is he still on the cross. He is the victorious one that defeated death, the risen one, the one that should get all the honor and glory.

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      2. Hi Madeleen, thank you for commenting and I hear what you’re saying. I don’t disagree with your observations but we,re talking about one day out of the year to celebrate His birth. Considering that God’s angels heralded His birth as indeed noteworthy, it’s really not off the wall. But you’re absolutely right about who Jesus is now and therein lies the focus and reality of our relationship with Jesus, the Holy Spirit and our heavenly Father, all of which was initiated, completed and made possible by God, who justifiably does deserve all the honor and glory. I mean no disrespect at all to our Lord, and He knows that I am indeed thankful. God’s grace and blessings to you and yours. – Bruce

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    1. Yes, it is. Why are there animals in the background? Jesus was not born in a barn with animals. If he had he would have been considered unclean. Please stop miseducating the unchurched.

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      1. It’s a picture Allison and I’m curious when being in the presence of clean animals made one unclean. Bethlehem was a Jewish village so there wouldn’t have been any unclean animals kept there, not to mention that a person had to touch a declared unclean animal to become unclean and the infant baby Jesus wouldn’t be going around touching animals (clean or unclean). Blessings.

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    1. Me too! We decorated our tree last night with the help of our youngest granddaughter (14 months) and it was a hoot! A blessed Christmas to you and yours Jim and thank you so much for your friendship. Truly honored.

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  1. Good reading. I know it has become so stressful when Christmas comes with 5 children. I keep trying to remind myself it’s not about presents it’s about his “Presence” you get so caught up in to the worldly fe u forget what it all about! Thank u for sharing

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  2. Actually, Christmas is usually just about giving people you like stuff you think they’ll like. I’m atheist and I still do the whole Pagan Yule-traditional tree and presents ordeal because I’m a festive fella. Christmas is just a time in the winter where you eat and drink and share and give and take and it’s just a good ol’ happy ol’ time. No need to ruin it with religion again, it’s good as it is.

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      1. God bless you and your family thank you for taking the time to post an amazing read. I enjoyed it merry Christmas

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    1. It is well known that many pagan holidays were adopted in the early days of the church, to convert people to Christianity. To put the population at ease if you will. I say this as a Catholic, having spoken at length to several priests on this very topic. Christmas was adopted from the celebration of the winter solstice. If you notice carefully how many Christian holidays line up amazingly well with old Pagan/Druidic times of celebration. Many just so happen to be based off of astral alignments. It doesn’t mean that the stories of the birth of Christ aren’t true. Like many nonbelievers will claim. Some Christians believe he was born in the modern calendar of August. Most believe it’s December. As no living person was there to tell us for certain, all we can go on is our personal beliefs and faith.

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    2. Christmas is not about “religion” as you put it. It’s about Jesus Christ our saviour. All of the other things are just as you described them, trappings. But that isn’t the real meaning. I’m praying for you and yours to come to Jesus at this joyous time. 🙂

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    1. Of course Alin, the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), about the actual birth of the King as a child, in the flesh, the Messiah and the child was called Jesus, the Son of God. And Mary, His mother, and the fulfillment of prophecy and the will of God, expressing His mercy and goodness towards us, His creation. Blessings.

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  3. In the beginning of the book of Hebrews, there is a beautiful phrase in the Greek that is misinterpreted quite often.
    It says that Jesus is the effulgence of GOD (YAHWEH).
    This word, “effulgence” is often interpreted as “radiance”.
    And yes, He is the radiance of the Father.
    But He is so much more than that!

    Jesus is the Source of Light that emminates from within AND without everything!!! This is what He meant when He said, “I am The Light of the World” & “The Father and I are One” & “Before Abraham was, I AM”.
    Because He is the effulgence of GOD, Acts 17 can say “In Him we live and move and have our very being”.

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  4. So you are saying Christ was born in the dead cold of winter. All the clues are there that he was born in springtime where it was warm. Mary got pregnant at the of summer of Augst, in the City of Juda. It takes 9 months to deliver a child which will be in the beginning of April on the New Moon of the new year. Christ just turned 12 years old when it was heading towards the Passover (in Spring the 14th day after the new moon of the month).

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    1. Might you speculate who this inference is to?

      Isaiah 9:6 — Isa 9:7
      For unto us a Child is born,
      Unto us a Son is given;
      And the government will be upon His shoulder.
      And His name will be called
      Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
      Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
      Of the increase of His government and peace
      There will be no end,
      Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
      To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
      From that time forward, even forever.
      The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

      Can it be no other than Jesus Christ, the Messiah?

      He fulfilled many, many prophesies. Some scholars count 138 or more thus far in time. The odds of fulfilling one is hard enough but that many have been calculated to the odds of 4 Quadrillion plus.

      I wholeheartedly believe the Old Testament is Christ concealed, the New Testament is Christ revealed.

      I hope and pray all the Jewish people discovers this amazing second Person of the triune God; Father, Son and Spirit… as a families makeup; Father, Mother, and Child(ren).

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      1. Hi Kirk, not sure why you want me to speculate, I don’t think there is any doubt that this scripture pertains to Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah and I ardently concur that the OT is Christ concealed with the NT being Christ revealed.

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  5. Christ was actually born at the time of the God ordained celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles. Tabernacle, meaning God dwells with us ( here on earth) and was also where Yehovah God dwelled when Moses and the Hebrew nation roamed the desert. So it was fitting for Yeshua (Jesus) to be presented to dwell on earth with men at the time of Tabernacles ( booths). He was born in one of these booths ( the manger). The Feast of Tabernacles is during our modern calendar time of late September to early October, before the cold of winter, which was why the flocks of sheep where still out in pasture, it is also one of the three Holy Days where the Hebrews where required to assemble in Jerusalem, which is why Joseph and Mary went there ( Bethlehem is just outside Jerusalem), the Romans used it as a good time to tax everyone at the same time. Anyway, the pagan holy day of sun god (Baal) worship was Dec 25, and that day was “converted” to a “ Christian “ celebration by the Romans (Catholics) to help ease people into the “ forced” conversion to Christianity, it , and all its pagan rituals / symbolism was not ordained by Yehovah God the Father, but was created by men. God hates when we use pagan worship methods to supposedly worship him, instead of doing what he asked of us which was to celebrate the holy days he set aside. These holy days (7 a year), are to be celebrated forever as stated in his Word. They tell of the past, and propheck of future events and we should study them, know them and celebrate them. Just like Passover celebrated the saving of the Hebrews in Egypt with the blood of a lamb over their door, and also was the exact time of Yeshua’s (Jesus) death ( when the high priest killed the Passover lamb, Jesus died) and Yeshua became the sacrifices Lamb of God who’s blood can save us from eternal death, so too to the Feast of Tabernacles tell of history (God dwelling in the desert with the Hebrews during Moses’ time) and prophesied if Yeshua’s birth so God would again dwell with men on earth. There are also prophesies that have not been fulfilled yet which these God ordained Holy Feasts point to. God makes all things he sanctifies to work together for our good, these Feasts ( Holy Days) are not just history lessons only. We should celebrate HIS holy days, not the pagan influenced man made traditions.

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    1. My husband and I have very similar beliefs with you but are stumped to find out what indeed are the holy days we only studied so far the Passover can you point us in the right direction. Thank you for sharing youryour studies!

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  6. Hi Paul, the various Feasts of the Lord are summarized in a previous study I posted at https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2019/12/14/the-feasts-of-the-lord-jesus-plus-nothing/ and were required under the Law, just like circumcision was required under the Law. But as Gentiles under the new covenant where Christ paid for our sins with His shed blood, we are no longer under the Law. I also posted a series of links in a singular post which provides the rationale behind why some Christians have chosen to celebrate the birth of Christ on Christmas day which you can find here: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2019/12/04/its-that-time-of-the-year-again-christmas-pagan-or-not/ For those Christians who chose not to celebrate the tradition of Christmas, I personally don’t have a problem with that. If that is their conviction then they are free to follow it. Conversely, for those of us who do chose to celebrate the tradition of Christmas, I believe that we also are free to follow our conviction. I am not advocating that it is necessary for every Christian to celebrate Christmas and I believe it is scriptural that no Christian should advocate that all Christians should not celebrate Christmas. Blessings.

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  7. I have a question…First off, I havent been on this site before and kind of interesting to read all the comments…to my knowledge anyone that believes in god is a christian correct? Does it say anywhere in the bible that we celebrate christmas by handing out presents? thank u.

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    1. Hi Jamie, no it doesn’t, that is why it is a tradition and there is a certain amount of caution associated with that. This post provides a number of links that give background on the tradition: https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2019/12/22/one-more-time-christmas-should-i-or-shouldnt-i/ With regard to believing in God and being a Christian, no, that is not necessarily true. Muslims believe in Allah (God) but they do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God or that He died on the cross for their sins or rose again from the dead. Christians are Christians because of Christ and our faith in Him as being the Messiah, the Son of God and the belief that He did die on the cross for our sins and that He did rise again from the dead. The beauty of faith in Christ is the relational aspect we have with Him and our heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit. Thank you for taking the time to comment, sincerely appreciated. God’s blessings to you and yours.

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  8. Jesus wasn’t born on December 25; the original pagan celebrations of the winter solstice had nothing to do with Jesus; and most of how people celebrate Christmas today is cultural and secular. The concept of putting Christ back in Christmas doesn’t make sense since Christ wasn’t originally there to begin with. And if Jesus’ birth was such a big deal, then someone would’ve written about it happening sooner than around 50 years later.

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  9. More of God’s grace upon you and yours Mr. Bruce.
    Your contribution and the comments of ur followers are eye opener.
    Really I can’t love God less.
    Merry Christmas in advance.

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  10. Um, hate to tell you this but: 1) Christmas, is about Christ in namesake only. In fact the vast majority of traditions most people deploy at this time of year are either pagan in origin (taken from Yule, Saturnalia, and the pagan practice of Wassailing) or are secular.

    2) Christ wasn’t born in the winter (this is presuming he was a real historical figure. Unfortunately here too, the facts say otherwise).

    The fact is “Christmas” has little to do with Christianity and is mostly pre-Christian traditional holdovers.

    If you want to make Christmas about Christ, don’t hang stockings, don’t have a Christmas tree, don’t go caroling, don’t hang wreaths or give presents, don’t hold massive family feasts, don’t go drinking, or hang mistletoe and kiss under it. Heck, don’t even go to Church, or do anything to celebrate the winter solstice. It is all actually against the teachings in the Bible.

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  11. Profound: “We throw away the wrappings, don’t throw away God’s gift. “. May we never forget the best gift we will ever get which is Christ. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  12. My husband and I have very similar beliefs with you but are stumped to find out what indeed are the holy days we only studied so far the Passover can you point us in the right direction. Thank you for sharing you studies!

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      1. I’m sorry I was replying to Paul Wood, Bruce I respect you taking time to respond . Yes people are under law but our creator says he’s the same and will never change the things he didn’t agree of then he doesnt agree of now so if you can still incorporate the lifestyle of the old testament you’ll be even more spiritually equipped to handle the spiritual warfare we go through everyday and the strongholds we have in our lives just because Yahshua died for us doesn’t mean we just have free rain to indulge in whatever just like old testment we still have to make sacrifices it may not be with animals blood or such sort but sacrifice with your time and traditions and not craving and being consumed by worldly greeds

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      2. I understand what you are saying and I agree that there are definitely some aspects of the Moral Law that are still applicable etc. There is also much to be learned with regard to the Tabernacle, festivals etc. Appreciate your input. Blessings.

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  13. Now, everyone here’s my thought years ago about Jesus. GOD’S SON . Ok? That means he is of no limitations. Ok? So. When I was young I was confused about how sad it is for even Christ, who had just been born, then in a couple months from now we hang him on the cross. Wow..he grew up fast . Poor guy didn’t get to stick around for long . At least didn’t have to worry about getting a retirement account plan. This is in a child’s mind. God! Creator of all things ! Ok? This man, Jesus known to be God only begotten son . That’s a fact . Now. Now how this baby became a man in such a short period of time? Cause!!? HE’S WAS GOD’S SON . So. You all need to ask the kids about that issue. Bet they think the same.

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    1. Hi Gary, I taught Sunday School for a number of years and I don’t recall ever running into a problem where the kids thought that Jesus died a couple of months, after He was born. I thought you might have had a wee bit too much of the bubbly when you wrote this but I see that all your words are spelled correctly so I’m taking this as a serious request. In the future, if and when I’m teaching children, I will be sure to explain how Jesus grew up from being a baby, into a child or young boy, then a young teen and then finally a man, just like all baby boys do normally. Thank you for your comment and here’s wishing you a merry Christmas!

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