Christmas is here and with it comes a lot of concerns about how to celebrate it; and the usual questions like “why should we celebrate Christmas?” “Is 25th December the right day for Christmas?” Well the truth is that, the celebration goes on. This article focuses on our attitudes towards celebrating seasons, occasions and events, especially the Christmas celebration. Christmas celebration focuses on the birth of Jesus Christ. It is about God’s love for humanity. It is about meeting the most important need in the lives of all people.
The first celebration of Christ’s birth was divinely orchestrated; Luke 2:8-16 says, “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold,an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 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. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.” (NKJV). Many years later celebrating the Lord’s birth was formerly entrenched into the world calendar and called Christmas; it has become a phenomenon.
There are a lot of human concerns and burdens of life; the weight life’s burden has made many people to drift away from understanding God’s love. While many people long to be loved, they are never aware that God loves them in a personal way and the devil is doing all he can to black out the love of God from human mind. God loves you and that is why he sent Jesus Christ to the world in human form.
I spent many years without celebrating my birthday; there were a lot of concerns that took the place of birthdays in my family; some years later I met people who thought that celebrating birthdays is importance; I read from the Bible the need to be aware of our years of life. Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (NKJV). My attitude to celebrating my birthday changed. I don’t need to spend a lot of money to do it; I spend time with my family and give glory to God for the gift of life. It still does not mean a thing to many people that I was born and it doesn’t have to. It matters to God and it does to me.
Celebration is an attitude. It is not about food or drinks; it is not about gathering people and dancing to music. It is about making a conscious choice to be happy irrespective of the troubles all around you. It is about choosing to give God praise and rejoicing about whatever you are celebrating. If you subject this choice to opinions of people, you will only have sadness and gloom trailing you.
Celebrating Jesus is a joy to me. I don’t do it only on Christmas day; I do it often. It is a joy to me that God loves me. I survived the most terrible conditions in life because God kept me. I choose to celebrate Jesus; I don’t care about the arguments and the distractions. God loves me and that is sufficient for me.
- The True Story of Christmas (Part 2) (sagaofthejasonite.wordpress.com)
- Joy – Gifts of Christmas (essentialthingdevotions.com)
- The Reason for the Season: You! (incrediblygoodnews.wordpress.com)