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Celebrating Christmas

Once again christians around the world will be commemorating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Anyone is free to celebrate Christmas in any way they choose but for “born-again” believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we recognize the true meaning of Christmas.

The date of Jesus’ birth is not recorded in the Bible. For many years, December 25 has been observed and celebrated as His birthday, by both christians and non-christians. The fact is that Jesus came into the world over 2,000 years ago, at which time the angel proclaimed, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). The Bible says, “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons” (Galatians 4:4,5).

The prophet Isaiah accurately predicted Jesus Christ would be born some 700 years before His actual birth. Isaiah saw that while the people were walking in darkness, a light also shined upon them. This meant that joy would replace despair. And he declared, “Unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given” (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus Christ has fulfilled all of Isaiah’s predictions.

A CHILD IS BORN. This is in reference to His human nature and being born of a virgin. “The virgin shall conceive and bear a Son” (Isaiah 7:14). Christ in His humanity was just like us except that in Him there was no sin. He knew what it was to be thirsty, weary, sleepy, and hungry. He was subject to temptation as we are. Hebrews says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

A SON IS GIVEN. This means His divine nature and He being God’s Son. Paul states, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:5-8). Because He was the "God-man," He was able to bear our sins on the cross. Christ was given for our salvation. He is called the “Word.” John wrote, “The Word became flesh and dwelt (or “tabernacled”) among us” (John 1:14). Jesus was “very God of very God.” “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9). The deity of our Lord Jesus Christ is foundational to the Christian faith.