A Few Thoughts on Christmas

This may very well be my last Christmas (as defined by most people) to participate in. I have grown tired of the crass commercialization, the shallow sentimentalism and the idol worship that accompanies the observance of many during this occasion, and sadly by, many who claim the Name of Jesus.

I have researched it greatly and most scholars agree that Yeshua of Nazareth was most likely not born in our month of December but rather during early fall; some even stating they think He was born around the time of the Jewish festival of Sukkot which is late September or early October. And since the Gospel writers failed to mention the date or time of the birth of the Messiah could we conclude that it was never intended to be an occasion to be observed lest it become an idol. December 25th didn’t become significant until the fourth century when the Roman church began to observe December 25th as Christ’s Mass.

The emphasis has long gotten away from a celebration of the birth of the Savior to a celebration of self, even in churches. Never mind the items associated with Christmas that are said to have pagan roots, Christmas has become a time of stressful buying, shopping for bargains and trying to buy more and more, especially for children so they won’t get their feelings hurt.

Sometimes prayers are said, maybe even a reading from Luke 2, but more times than not its more about Dirty Santa parties, special TV programs and spending money. However the rest of the year very little focus is given to the birth and life of Messiah.

Why can’t we get away from focusing on ourselves and our felt-needs and instead focus on the Lord Jesus and serving Him. Sure, Christmas is a great time to help the needy and to show love for one another, but, shouldn’t we be doing that the rest of the days of the year too?

Why wait for one day of the year to glorify and praise Him; to celebrate the occasion when God became flesh and dwelt among us; to magnify the birth of the Messiah? Why can’t we do that every day of the year? Why can’t we stop focusing on us and what we want and focus on Him and what He wants?

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