So It Is Christmas?

So it is Christmas, so commercial, the crowds, the travel, the unexpected visitors. But so is the life of Mary and Joseph, and all while Mary is expecting her first child.

The long trek to Bethlehem, to be assessed for some new government tax. And now, with so many other travelers, the hotels are full and the only place to stay is in the barn out back. No health insurance and no hospital, the baby will be born here in the manger.

A miraculous birth, filled with all the usual anticipation, anxiety and labor pains. He is born! The son that God promised, God in the flesh, Jesus the Emmanuel. So beautiful, so small, so helpless, the Creator of everything.

So who are these visitors who have come to disturb our quiet, our rest? These strangers, these shepherds, these wide eyed exuberant boys.

It is Christmas, so commercial, the travel, the unexpected visitors. It is Christmas! Glorious Christmas!

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4 thoughts on “So It Is Christmas?

  1. Hi Tim! how’s things? Haven’t touched base in quite some time. When it comes to Christmas I go along with family members who still do that Christmas thing. I personally don’t believe in it. Yahshua was born in September. December 25 is the celebration of the Sun god or as the Romans called it, Sol Invictus, the unconquerable sun. Saturnalia is in there too. I’ve really come to the point I don’t like who Christians especially those who criticise the RC church, celebrate pagan feasts that the RC church put a coating of “christianity” upon. We’re told not to do as the pagans do, not to celebrate pagan traditions, yet most still do.
    As far as I know God ordained 7 feasts that were all types and shadows of Christ and God’s tiemeline. We’re not told to celebrate Yahshua’s birthday which apparently according to Dr. MIchael Heiser’s research was on Tishrei1 – a significant day in Hebrew culture as it’s the say kings were inaugurated. Tishrei 1 of course falls on a different Roman calendar day each year.I think we all forget that God doesn’t follow the Roman calendar but rather the one he gave to Israel.

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    • Hey Paul. Good to hear from you again. I appreciate your perspective and here is how I see it.
      The date of Christ’s birth is unknown ( there is thought and speculation, but no date ). December 25 has become the accepted date to recognize the birth of Christ, I see no problem with a believer celebrating the birth of Christ on that day, unless you are worshiping your “Christmas Tree”.

      There is no biblical teaching to celebrate the birth of Christ but there is no prohibition either. The new testament also gives no instruction to encourage the new believers to keep the old testament feasts, in fact to the contrary.

      There are so many pressing ways for the “Church” to change how it conducts itself and how it relates to the world, I just don’t see this as one of them.

      Let God lead you as you choose how to live out your faith during this season.

      Acts 15:22  ¶Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
      23  And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:
      24  Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
      25  It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
      26  Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
      27  We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
      28  For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
      29  That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

      Romans 14:1  ¶Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
      2  For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
      3  Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
      4  Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
      5  One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
      6  He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
      7  For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
      8  For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
      9  For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
      10  But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
      11  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
      12  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

      Your Friend Tim

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