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What’s the Purpose of Christmas and why do we celebrate it?

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Blessed be the name of the lord forever, amen!

I want to share a very essential topic today as we are drawing closer to that time and season of the year when celebration fills the whole atmosphere and Joy fills the heart of men.

Christmas! Christmas!! Christmas!!!

This is the big thing that comes upon the earth every last month “25” of december, and it as been marked with symbols of joy and celebration, all around the world, as much as that is beautiful and handsome, i wouldn’t want us to get distracted away from the real and original thing.

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What’s Christmas? and why do we call it Christmas in the first place?

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Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning
“Christ’s Mass”) is an annual festival commemorating the birth of
Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and
cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is prepared for by
the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of
Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and
culminates on twelfth Night in some traditions, Christmastide includes
an Octave.

The traditional Christmas narrative, the Nativity of Jesus, delineated
in the New Testament says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in
accordance with messianic prophecies; when Joseph and Mary arrived in
the city, the inn had no room and so they were offered a stable where
the Christ Child was soon born, with angels proclaiming this news to
shepherds who then disseminated the message furthermore.

Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations, is
celebrated religiously by the vast majority of Christians as well as
culturally by a number of non-Christian people, and is an integral
part of the holiday season, while some Christian groups reject the
celebration.

In several countries, celebrating Christmas Eve on
December 24 has the main focus rather than December 25, with
gift-giving and sharing a traditional meal with the family.
Although the month and date of Jesus’ birth are unknown, by the
early-to-mid 4th century the Western Christian Church had placed
Christmas on December 25 a date which was later adopted in the East.
Today, most Christians celebrate on December 25 in the Gregorian
calendar, which has been adopted almost universally in the civil
calendars used in countries throughout the world.

However, some Eastern Christian Churches celebrate Christmas on the
December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds
to January 7 in the Gregorian calendar, the day after the Western
Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany.

This is not a disagreement over the date of Christmas as such, but rather a preference of which
calendar should be used to determine the day that is December 25.

In the Council of Tours of 567, the Church, with its desire to be
universal, “declared the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany to
be one unified festal cycle”, thus giving significance to both the
Western and Eastern dates of Christmas.

Moreover, for Christians, the belief that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for
the sins of humanity, rather than the exact birth date, is considered
to be the primary purpose in celebrating Christmas.
Although it is not known why December 25 became a date of celebration,
there are several factors that may have influenced the choice.
December 25 was the date the Romans marked as the winter solstice, and
Jesus was identified with the Sun based on an Old Testament verse.

The date is exactly nine months following Annunciation, when the
conception of Jesus is celebrated.

Finally, the Romans had a series of pagan festivals near the end of the year, so Christmas may have been
scheduled at this time to appropriate, or compete with, one or more of
these festivals.


That’s the historical known fact about Christmas celebration, but let’s face the real thing, whats chrstmas all about and why is it a major concern to the body of christ today?

Christmas is basically design as a time for us to reference and acknowledge the love of God for the world and the death of his son JESUS CHRIST our lord and savior who gave his life and shed his blood as an atonement for our sins.

It really doesn’t matter what ever religious and historical fallacy makes known to us today, Christmas will be irrelevant and useless and worthless when we remove JESUS the reason for the season out of the equation, the bible in Isaiah 9 : 6 says – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

So Its the birth of Jesus that we remember and we celebrate in Christmas that makes Christmas a worth while season, someone needs to reach out to the unsaved soul during Christmas with the love of God which brought Christ Jesus the saviour to us, another person probably needs to check his walk with God and come into a state of re dedication and love and intimacy with the Father through Jesus the son.

Another vital key in Christmas season is “Giving”, what is the mystery we are trading during Christmas that warrants us to embrace giving?

It is the understanding of the fact that “You can’t LOVE without GIVING’ For God so love the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whomsoever believeth shall not perish but have an ever lasting life – John 3 : 16.

So God gave us JESUS out his unfailing LOVE for us, so as a way of acknowledgement of his love for us, we also show love to our fellow neighbors and believers, fellow member of our household of faith, and even to unbelievers by sharing the glorious Gospel of Christ with them to save their souls.

We also rejoice and merry in gladness as a way of been grateful and glad that the saviour died for us, he was born to show us the way to life and Godliness, to the glory the father.

and if you are reading this article right now, and you are not born again, this is just the best time for you to come into the fullness of God’s grace,  love and provision for you and your life as Jesus showers his love for us.

Just say a simple prayer with me; ” Father, i know i am a sinner, forgive me, i accept you as my lord and saviour, today i repent of my old ways, i come into the fullness of your love for me, and i enter into the realm of eternal, rest, peace and Joy of the lord in JESUS MIGHTY NAME – AMEN!!!

Thank God you are now saved, you are born again, you are now a child of God, i pray that the grace of God the father will keep you and sustain you all through your days even to eternity in Jesus mighty name!!!

 

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