How should Christians celebrate christmas?


(Matthew 1:21, NIV).

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins

I was coming home from my working place that day when I saw a place full of celebration. A brewery company is organizing a Christmas show. Beer and all sorts of alcoholic drinks were free for every one that attended the show.

The place was full of young men and women and even some elderly ones that came to enjoy the show. There was no place for Christ – the reason for Christmas – in the show for it was organized to promote the products of the brewery company.

As I was passing by the place, I was thinking within me of all the funs that normally accompany the Christmas season. Why are we doing all these funs?

Are they purposely for Jesus Christ? Have we not turned the season to a season to gratify our selfish desires? It is good that a period of the year is set aside to celebrate His birth. Do we really focus on Jesus Christ who is the reason for Christmas?
Do not celebrate this Christmas without Jesus Christ.

He has come to save us. Paul said, “[Jesus Christ] who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good” (Titus 2:14, NIV).

Have you been saved by Him? As you celebrate this Christmas, think of how you will lead others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ so that they also will not be celebrating Christmas without Christ.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

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2 Comments to “How should Christians celebrate christmas?”

  1. amen. I have been bothered by the celebration of Christmas. Not the fact we celebrate the birth of our Lord but what it has become even in the christian church. We are seeking to please flesh, win the approval of men and while it may have Jesus as a wrapper, it seems by and large fake to me. Our we worshipping Jesus with our lips yet our hearts are far from Him? Are we worshipping in vain following the traditions and teachings of men? I think we are yet I judge nobody with regards to their drink, the festivals they celebrate and the like.

  2. I struggle to see how any true Christian, aspiring to ‘worship God with spirit and truth’ can allow themselves to become suckered into a celebration with such strong pagan roots. It is a known fact that that Christ was not born on 25th December, instead that date was given to worship of a false God. And many of the rituals carried out at this pagan festival are still being done today only they are masked by the birth of Jesus. God and his son Jesus showed the greatest example of love ever demonstrated and how do we thank them? By carrying on a pagan tradition and pretending it has something to do with Jesus. His birth was certainly an amazing event but that in itself accomplished little. Was it not his life course and ultimately his death that showed us the way to live and provided us with salvation? And these were the very things he told us to remember. At the last supper he told his followers to ‘keep doing this in remembrance of me’. So should we not aspire to live how Jesus lived his life and to remember his death and what that means for us today and think of the great power he now has. Perhaps remove that image of a helpless baby lying in a manger and stop using Jesus to justify the celebration of a pagan holiday. If you gave your life the way he did, how would you feel if the world insulted you by involving themselves in something with such pagan roots and then bringing YOUR name into it? I would wonder why I had bothered to save such a fickle species. But not Jesus, he will forgive you but you can’t be ignorant forever, he died for sinners but only the truly repentant ones. Be honest with youselves, is it just a harmless holiday or could it possibly be the biggest insult to the most genuine person to have ever walked this earth?

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