“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” – Winston Churchill (Former British Prime Minister)
Christmas is a time when Christians all around the world commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Christmas has been celebrated in a variety of ways throughout history and is observed differently depending on the culture. The historical fact that Jesus was born serves as the unifying element. Luke 2:10-11 NIV, “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
Regardless of the preconceived notions that some people may have about Christmas, the majority of Christians around the world still celebrate Christmas. For the majority of Christians, Christmas is a time to worship Jesus Christ. The primary focus should be on the celebration of Christ as this is what the name “Christmas” genuinely signifies.
Reasons Christians Celebrate Christmas
- Christmas is celebrated by Christians as a reminder of God’s self-sacrificing generosity. This time of the year is dedicated to remembering the greatest gift that God has ever given to mankind: His only Son, Jesus Christ. This captures the true spirit of Christmas. Giving is always considered when there is an abundance, yet even though God only had one Son, He gave Him up for everyone. He offered Him as a sacrifice for mankind. He released Him from his grasp. In light of this, it is advisable for Christians to dedicate their life to selfless giving and to make an effort to improve the lives of others.
- Christians celebrate Christmas since it marks the start of the resolution to man’s biggest issue: sin. The issue of sin is finally resolved with the birth of Jesus. Matthew 1:21 NIV says, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Sin caused a rift between man and God. Separation resulted. All men lost the close relationship they once shared with God, but thanks to the birth of Jesus, a remedy was provided. Men might therefore return to their previous relationship with God. All men are redeemed and made right with God through Christ.
- Christmas serves as a reminder of God’s unfailing love, which is why Christians celebrate it. John 3:16 NIV says, “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.” Nothing about man made him deserving of love. Even though man had rebelled against God, spat in His face, and denied Him, God sent His Son to die. Contrary to the world’s perspective of love, which is selfish and conditional, Christmas is a season that reminds and displays the actual concept of love.
It is advised not to lose sight of the essence when in the excitement of the celebration. The center of attention is Jesus Christ.