Is Jesus the reason for the season?
This is a good question, we hear it said, but where is the proof? As we approach the day that the birth of Jesus is celebrated why is it that we see everything else except the real reason for this season? People are engaged in activities that do not reflect the “Christ” in Christmas. There are Christians who use “X” mas. People are spending millions of dollars in retail outlets owned by persons who do not believe in Christ, and who will be vacationing in January while the consumers are wondering how they are going to pay their bills.
Don’t get me wrong, I like buying my grandchildren gifts that will make them smile and enhance their lives, such as kid bibles with characters in it that look like them, bonds for college educations, toys that are positive, and clothing. This is a good time to make little people very happy. But that is not the only thing we should be doing this season.
We as born again believers should focus on demonstrating that Jesus is the reason for this season.
News flash!!! Jesus was not born on December 25 or at the end of the year in winter weather. This date was inserted and designated by the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, there was no annual celebration of Christ’s birthday in the first three centuries of church history.
The pagans in Rome already celebrated the “sun god” on December 25. To the Roman Catholic Church it seemed like a good idea to offer an alternative celebration on the same day of the year and call it Christ’s birthday. But, don’t get hung up legally on the fact that Jesus probably wasn’t really born during that season.
So what do we know for sure? His birth, was the manifestation of the prophetic words of Isaiah and other prophets in the Old Testament
• Isaiah 7:14—Isaiah prophesies that a pure young woman will give birth to God’s son. |
• Isaiah 9: 6 (KJV)- 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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
• Micah 5:2—Micah prophesies that Jesus will be born in Bethlehem
Luke 2: 1-7 text describes his version of the birth of Jesus in the King James’ version. Luke, the physician preached to the gentiles about Jesus. We shall examine his story about the birth of Jesus historically and apply it to our 21st century lives. Luke 2:1-7 reports the manifestation of what had already been prophesied.
The historical application
• Census time. (v.1) It was census time and Joseph and Mary had to travel over difficult terrain to get to Joseph’s family lineage town. They traveled 82 miles going up to Bethlehem. Mary did not have to go but she went because of God’s design. God used the census to take Joseph and Mary out of their comfort zones so that He would get the glory for the birth of baby Jesus. There were no baby showers for Mary.
• God takes them out of their ‘comfort zone’ to prove Himself to them. (v.4) it was a multi-day trip over difficult terrain to bring forth the promise of God. That is another lesson.
• Mary and Joseph were not married (v. 5). People in the hometown would have been well aware of the fact that they were not married yet, but strangers in Bethlehem would not have known. It may have been the fact that she was in her third trimester, and he needed to get her into an anonymous environment.
• After time passed, the promise came. (v. 6) They waited until the manifestation of what the angel and the Holy Spirit had declared several months earlier to Mary and Elizabeth came to pass.
• No room in the inn (v.7) Have you ever wondered why there was no room at the inn? I have wondered and offer the following:
o If Jesus had been born in a mansion, with a silver spoon in his mouth, would he have been able to relate to the people that he came to liberate, i.e. the poor in spirit, the downtrodden, the disadvantaged, the sick without health care, widows with their last cup of oil and flour? He cannot say that he had a royal birth like the new prince of England, but He was a Royal King in the land of heaven.
o They needed to be in a place where the shepherds and the public could easily find them. So do not despair when God separates you from others, He has a reason and there is a blessing in being born in a manger. Consider it separation in preparation for service to mankind.
We as born again Christians know that Jesus WAS born. We also know that Jesus IS the reason. . .
We have already mentioned that Jesus not born on December 25, and the fact that the exact date is not necessary to celebrate his birthday. Many historical figures have a physical place that is designated as their birth place. Abraham Lincoln was born HERE! The purpose of which is to memorialize the place where great historical men and women entered this life.
God did not want one place to be designated as Jesus’ birth place because He knew that His plan was for Jesus to be born in every man woman and child’s life so that they would be the memorial designating that Jesus was born!!! We, born again Christians are the historical and spiritual proof that Jesus Christ was born.
Jesus after 2000 years continues to live and be born in men and women who accept Him as their savior. We have the proof in the pudding as he walks and talks with us on a daily basis if we so desire. He lives! That’s another story.
Why is it that Jesus’ birthday is the only one that others receive gifts? On your birthday, you receive gifts. But on Jesus’ birthday millions are spent giving others gifts. This season is the season most retailers clear their deficits. Many people give gifts that the children won’t know where they are the next month. Many people give gifts to people that they have been giving to all year. How you like would to have a birthday party and everyone only gives gifts to others and not you?
So what gift can we bring to Jesus for his birthday? I’m glad you asked that question. We bring what he was born and died for . . . . our lives. The best birthday gift you could give to Jesus is found in Romans 10: 9. It is also the only reciprocal gift to give in that it will benefit you for the rest of your life. It would be the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. It would be a gift that you would not leave home without. It would be a gift that you would “like” for the rest of your life.
For those of you who are already born again Christians you can bring the gift of praise, worship and thanksgiving. While this is a daily habit you already have, as the year ends, you should look back over the year and reflect on how good God has been to you. Even though you have had some sad times, some disappointments, some aches and pain, if you are reading this text, YOU ARE BLESSED!
So if Jesus is the reason for the season, tell the story of Jesus to those you come in contact with. Do not delete the message of Christ in Christmas by being politically correct and saying “Happy Holiday” Say “Blessed Christmas” with a smile. Get some tee- shirts that say “JESUS IS THE REASON for This Season!!! Give a greater donation to your church or charity that helps others year round. Finally, share the love of Jesus all year round.
Rev. Jan Esq.