For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 KJV.
There have been questions, arguments, debates and discussions surrounding the time of the actual birth of Jesus Christ.
Whatever the case may be, we believe he was born, he died for us to set us free from sin, but most importantly, he rose from the dead. If he did not rise from the dead, our faith would have been in vain, but thank God, the Father who raised him up.
Today all over the world the birth of Jesus Christ is being celebrated by people of different religions both those who understand and believe in him and those who do not.
Many see it as a season of making money with their merchandise as others indulge in purchasing and sharing of gifts.
Is there anything wrong with the celebration, whether he was on Christmas day or not?
The problem I have personally is the way things are conducted. Many people leave their house cleaning and decorations until Christmas. Some do not care about the poor and needy until Christmas. So the less privileged among us can suffer all year round and only receive whatever we deem good for them at Christmas time, that’s once a year. Yet we ask God to give us our daily bread, whenever we pray.
We are put in this world to be a blessing with the blessing we have been given, all year round not only during Christmas season or any other festivities.
This season of Christmas, whether we believe in celebrating it or not should be used for evangelism, this is of course my opinion.
It should be a time of enlightenment to others who are deep into the celebration without understanding who Jesus Christ is, why he was born, why he is being celebrated and why he deserves to be celebrated.
Does it mean that we should not evangelize all year round?
No! but we should intensify our efforts during this season due to the intensity of the preparations involved.
We have been given the great Commission in
Matt 28 :18.
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”
We must not to forget that salvation only comes from God, no one comes to Jesus except the father draws him. The gospel John is clear about this,
“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day”. Jn 6 :44.
Our duty is to preach the gospel. Conviction and repentance is from God himself through the power of the Holy Spirit.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. Remember who is the subject of this celebration and make him known by spreading the good news of the Kingdom of God through salvation that only comes from Jesus Christ.
God bless you.
Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year, 2019 in advance.