I personally do not observe Christmas so much as a religious holiday as a fun family holiday. Not that I don’t acknowledge that Jesus was born of a virgin in a manger, because I do believe, and am beyond grateful that He came to us. But we were never given a date (by Him) in which to honor His birth. If the date was of great importance to Him, He would have made it known to us.
Salvation came to us through Jesus’ death and we pretty much know when His death occurred. Yes, He had to be born. And I do recognize that. If I choose to celebrate His birth on December 25th, okay. If I choose a date in September (early fall might be more accurate), that’s okay too. If I choose to not observe a particular birthdate that is absolutely okay. It is His death that is to be remembered and honored.
The fact remains that God loved us so much that He sent His Son to save us. Jesus left His Father’s side to come to us in human form and walk this earth among men. Jesus taught us. He healed us. He warned us. He cried for us. He rebuked us. He pleaded for us and He died a cruel death for us. Jesus is the perfect example of love.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
This is one of the most beautiful verses in the Bible. It is packed with love and promise. And it gives us hope.
Celebrate the wonderful birth of Christ but don’t leave Him in the manger. Focus on His teachings…and on His death, burial, and resurrection because that was the sole purpose for His birth. And that is where we find salvation.
Merry Christmas Eve! ♥️
Photo: my mom’s old nativity