No Christmas?

Merwin VanDoornik

READ : 1 John 4:1-6

The first Christians did not observe Christmas. Imagine! That is hard for our children to understand but it is true. For the early believers His death and resurrection were major reasons to celebrate. They took His birth for granted: after all, He could not have suffered and died if He had not been born.

Then came false teachers who said: “Jesus only seemed to be human.” No! “Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God….” And to underscore that fact, some of these believers had an idea: “Let’s celebrate His birth and remember that, like us other humans, He lived in His mother’s womb for nine months and then was delivered as we are.” “Awesome idea!” said others. “Now, when was He born?” No one remembered. They settled on December 25.

More important than the date is the fact: The great eternal Son of God lived as one of us, in our flesh. He knows what it is to be hungry, to be tired, to feel pain, to be tempted, to be misunderstood, and to be forsaken. We have a High Priest praying for us, “One who can sympathize with our weaknesses because He was tempted in every way, just as we are” (Heb. 4:15). That calls for a celebration.

PRAYER

“I am weak but Thou art strong; Jesus, keep me from all wrong; I’ll be satisfied as long as I walk, dear Lord, close to Thee.” (Anonymous)