The Background and History of Christmas
As we are now entering into the month of September 2020, we can't help but get excited about the holidays that are nearing – especially the Christian holidays. As we spoke about in the last article, after the change of seasons between the months of August and September (especially in the Northern half of the world), we can look forward to many holidays which all start with All Saints’ Day. In this article, we are going to focus on another holiday which is considered to be not only one of the most important Christian holidays due to its grand biblical significance – but is also considered the height of every year – even more so than New Years; this holiday is Christmas – the celebration of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ who is One with God the Father and also the active agent in all of creation and also its sustenance.
As we are a Christian business, we believe that the Lord God Almighty whose name is Elohim is the author of all creation (Genesis 1:1) and has created all visible and invisible things for his glory (implied in 1 Corinthians 10:31). Since this is our belief, we also believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, meaning that it is our source for all truth regarding all things (2 Timothy 3:16). What this implies is that we, as has been seen in the Word of God, believe that the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important truth that one can take to heart in the history of all creation; according to our belief. If Jesus Christ hadn’t been risen from the dead, then no one would be able to return to God in faith and find forgiveness for their personal sinfulness, leading them into a relationship with God which then brings us eternal life after one physically dies.
Christmas is a sacred holiday because it reminds us of his death and resurrection; as All Saints’ Day is meant to remember and honor all saints and martyrs in the past who have shown such great faith and service to God, Christmas is meant to remember and honor the Lord Jesus Christ who came to earth and in space and time to identify with humanity and to also provide for all a path to forgiveness for their sins – all to the glory of the Lord God Almighty who is our Father.
For the rest of the article, we are going to share some Scripture that pertains to this glorious holiday; although many choose to celebrate Christmas in different ways – whether it be with family watching Christmas movies like Frosty the Snowman, or opening Christmas gifts from the fictitious Santa Claus (not entirely fictitious since Saint Nicholas actually existed), or visiting neighborhoods filled with Christmas lights – it is always important – at least for Christians – to put Jesus Christ in the center of our celebration. Our goal is to just give you a little bit more of an idea of what the Word says about Jesus Christ and what he has done. In Isaiah 9:6 (English Standard Version), we see that the birth of Jesus Christ was prophesied more than 500 years before his birth; it says, “… to us a child is born… to us a son is given… his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Likewise, we see that Isaiah 7:14 (English Standard Version) says, “… the virgin shall conceive and bear a [son] and shall call his name Immanuel [(which means, ‘God with Us’)].” Matthew, one of Jesus’ disciples and a tax collector expands upon the birth of Christ and his purpose for identifying with us by saying that “he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21 English Standard Version).
Due to humanity’s fall in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15-3:24), all of humanity has been tainted with Adam and Eve’s sin of disobedience to God and it’s the consequence which is physical and spiritual death (Romans 5:12-14, Romans 6:23); as a result, no one can save themselves because no one can perfectly obey God’s law to prove to God that they are worthy of eternal life (Galatians 3:10-12). In other words, no one is good enough to please God, and the only way that God could save people is by providing for us a propitiation for our sins – someone who would bear God’s wrath on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 3:21-26) – Jesus Christ who perfectly fulfilled the law of God and without sin since he is God who came in human flesh and bone (Romans 8:3-4, Hebrews 4:15). The way that we receive this righteousness of God is by faith in what Christ has done on our behalf: “[The] righteous shall live by faith” (Galatians 3:11 English Standard Version). The Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the grave is crucial to this faith because it is the guarantee of eternal life for all those who trust in him with faith (1 Corinthians 15:13-17, 1 Peter 1:3-9).