Do you really celebrate Jesus?
Philippians 4:4 “Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him!” (The Message) ♦ “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” (RKJNT)
- Something to think about:
- Do you really celebrate Jesus and/or His birth on December 25? If so, do you know why? No judgment, but have you searched the Scriptures to understand why? Some say, “Jesus is the reason for the season” and “that is the day Jesus was born”. I ask “what season”, according to what Scripture(s)? Also, where is it in the Bible that Jesus was born on December 25? As children of God—hopefully you are one—we should read and study the Scriptures to understand why we do what we do. Do the Scriptures say Jesus celebrated His birthday? Did Jesus tell us to honor His birthday? Are you led by the Holy Spirit or are you following tradition?
Proverbs 4:5-7 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve you: love her, and she shall keep you. 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding. (UKJV)
- Key Points:
- Is December 25, a holy day for you? Do you judge others by their observance of days, times, seasons…?
- Romans 14:5, 22 “5 One person regards a certain day more important than another; the next person regards every day alike. Each person should be fully convinced in his own mind [i.e., concerning their relative importance].” 22 Therefore, whatever you believe about this matter should be held between you and God. That person is happy who does not condemn himself for practicing something he believes is right. (AUV)
- Galatians 4:10-11 “You are trying to earn favor with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years. 11 I fear for you. Perhaps all my hard work with you was for nothing.” (NLT)
- What do the Scriptures say about how anyone celebrated Jesus birthday?
- Matthew 2:11 “The Wise Men went to the house. There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, frankincense and myrrh.” (NIRV)
- Luke 2:20 “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, just as it was told to them.” (RKJNT)
- Have you wondered why the Bible does not tell us much about Jesus’s birthday? Take some time to read the Scriptures in the next section and prepare for the truth, ‘how to really celebrate Jesus the right way.’
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Matthew 2:1-12 (focus verses: 9-11; key verse: 11); Luke 2:1-20 (focus verses: 15-20; key verse: 20); Luke 22:14-20 (key verses: 17-19); Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-23; Matthew 15:1-20 (focus verses: 3-9; key verses: 8-9); Acts 20:7-12 (key verse: 7, the disciples had communion each Sunday); Revelation 19:1-10 (focus verses: 6-8; key verse: 7); Romans 14:1-23 (key verses: 5 and 22); Galatians 4:8-12 (key verses: 10-11); Colossians 2:13-21 (key verse: 20)
Luke 22:17-20 17 Then Jesus took a cup, gave thanks, and said, “Take this cup and share it among yourselves. 18 I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until God’s kingdom comes.” 19 Then Jesus took some bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to the apostles, saying, “This is my body, which I am giving for you. Do this to remember me.” 20 In the same way, after supper, Jesus took the cup and said, “This cup is the new agreement that God makes with his people. This new agreement begins with my blood which is poured out for you. (NCV)
The answer to key point #3
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 For I have received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, That the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, This is my body, which is for you: do this in remembrance of me. 25 In the same manner he took the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood: do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (RKJNT)
So you see my dear brothers and sisters, it is not the birth of Jesus, but His death that we should observe. He said nothing about celebrating His birth. The only thing Jesus told us to do in memory of Him is to take communion; honoring His death. Thank God for coming in the flesh to die for us so we can have eternal life. Enjoy your holiday, thank you Jesus! ♥ Tim
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- (The Message) Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. | (NCV) Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. | (NIRV) Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Reader’s Version®, NIrV® Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com The “NIrV” and “New International Reader’s Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ | Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.