Jesus said, John 15:18 “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first.” We should not be surprised that many people in the world war against Christmas, the celebration of the advent of Christ into the world. Atheists want no mention of the name of Christ Jesus anytime. Muslims are offended by our nationwide celebration of the birth of Jesus because they place Mohammed above Christ. JW’s Watchtower call Christmas celebrations pagan. Secularists want to change the season from “Christmas” to “Holiday Season” so those who do not trust Christ will be able to claim the holiday as their own even if it diminishes Christ.
Who is really behind this ‘doing away with Christmas?’ I suggest that the enemy of Christ is behind this.
Consider the opportunity that Christmas provides Christians and how it impacts young lives.
As I sat in Sunday School and watched children listen to the story of Christ’s birth this Christmas I began to remember how celebrating Christmas has affected my life.
Without Christmas, I would have been much older when I learned, if indeed I learned, that John the Baptist went before Christ saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight’.”
Without Christmas, I would have been much older when I learned that an Angel visited Mary:
30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”” Luke 1
Without Christmas, when would I have learned that Jesus was born in Bethlehem?
Without Christmas, I might have missed knowing that Jesus was born in a stable and placed in a manger.
Without Christmas, as a child I would have missed the beauty of what happened in the fields that night:
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2
Without Christmas, as a child I might not have known about the star in the sky that led wise men from to east to the place where they could worship Jesus.
Without Christmas, as a child I might not have learned who Jesus is:
29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word;
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2
Without Christmas I might not have realized how Satan attempted to keep Christ from the cross and from becoming my Savior:
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.” Matthew 2
Without Christmas, we would miss a wonderful season when the world focuses upon the fact that God loves us enough to send His only begotten Son into a sinful, lost world that we might live.
It is no wonder that Satan wishes to do away with Christmas. Many of the secular celebrations are far from Christian, but those who know Christ understand that Christmas gives is a special time to share:
9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9
Without Christmas, we might continue in a daily routine and let days, weeks, even years go by without sharing. With Christmas, we have a special time to share this good news every year with a new generation.
And don’t forget… Christmas Time’s A Coming’