WHY IS CHRISTMAS CONSIDERED THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR?
Perhaps, to many, it is all of the above… But some people wear pins or have signs that say: “Jesus is the reason for this joyous season.” Do you think this is true? Not everyone agrees and some say Christmas was a pagan holiday before Christ came and that He wasn’t actually born in December…
SO HOW DID CHRISTMAS COME TO BE THE MOST CELEBRATED AND WONDERFUL HOLIDAY OF THE YEAR?
December 25, 336, is the ﬁrst recorded celebration of Christmas. There is no written record of why the 25th was chosen. Many people think that because pagans celebrated during this time, a Christian Monk set Christmas to keep Christians from participating in pagan rituals. Historian William J. Tighe offers a different view, however. When a consensus arose in the church to celebrate Christ’s conception on March 25th, it was reasonable to celebrate his birth nine months later. Since that time, the celebration of the birth of Christ has become more and more accepted and has now reached a point where, for the most part, even those who do not believe in Christ still observe Christmas.
EVEN THAT DOESN’T EXPLAIN HOW THIS HOLIDAY HAS REMAINED SO IMPORTANT
May I suggest that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year because it reminds us of the ONLY REAL VICTORY there is to be had in this life. That is VICTORY IN JESUS!
CHRISTMAS REMINDS US OF THIS VICTORY AND GIVES US A CHANCE TO PRAISE GOD AND TELL OTHERS!
1. Christ, with His DEATH AND RESURRECTION paid for all our sins 1 Cor. 15:3
2. God promises that if we are IN CHRIST, we become new creatures. 2 Cor. 5:17
3. For those in Christ, death loses its sting and the grave loses the victory. 1 Cor. 15:55
4. If Jesus Christ is our Lord, we have a future and a hope.
“BUT MY GOD SHALL SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEED ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY BY CHRIST JESUS. PHILIPPIANS 4:19
The Bible shows how those who came before us celebrated:
1. The appearance of the angel of the Lord with the glory of the Lord to announce the birth of Christ to the shepherds (Lk. 2:10-12).
2. The response of the angels at the announcement of Christ’s birth (Lk. 2:13-14).
3. The actions of the shepherds who left their flocks to go and see which was nothing short of a celebration (Lk. 2:15-20).
4. And the arrival of the men from the east bearing gifts as much as a year to two years later (Matt. 2:1-12).
Pray that as we celebrate we will honor God.
A CHRISTMAS QUIZ
Choose what you believe to be the best answer.
1. There was definitely snow somewhere in Israel when Jesus was born.
2. Which Christmas carol includes the lyrics ‘…To save us all from Satan’s power, when we were gone astray..’? ____________________________
3. Joseph considered NOT marrying Mary after he learned she was pregnant.
4. There were three Magi or wise men who arrived before the shepherds reached Bethlehem.
5. The practice of wrapping babies in swaddling clothes is popular today.
6. The Bible says the inn-keeper told Mary and Joseph that he would not allow them to stay in a room on the night of Jesus birth.
7. Who wrote How the Grinch Stole Christmas?
8. Zechariah wrote of Christ as the LORD being sold for thirty pieces of silver.
9. To whom was the first announcement of Christ actual birth made and who made the announcement?
_______________ and ______________
10. Many things are written about Jesus. Did the Apostle John write that John the Baptist called Jesus the true light?