** Original post written by Matt Slick and appeared on Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry
The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus who lived in Israel 2000 years ago and who died on the cross for our sins (1 Corinthians 15 1-4; 1 Peter 2:24). More specifically, when we use the word “meaning”, we’re talking about the purpose of his birth that Christmas is supposed to celebrate. His purpose was to enter into the world and become one of us, that he might deliver us from our sins.
Jesus is not just any man. He is God in flesh (John 1:1, 14; Colossians 2:9). He is the second person of the Trinity who, by being born of the Virgin Mary, was made under the law (Galatians 4:4) and subject to the same temptations and limitations that we are. Christmas is the celebration of the historical event of where God entered into our world so that he might display the perfection and holiness of God and that through his work of living perfectly and also dying on the cross for our sins, that all who trust in him would be saved from the righteous judgment of God.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him,” (John 3:16-17).
So, Christmas is supposed to be the time of year where we celebrate the birth of Christ.
But, unfortunately, it’s become a commercial holiday rather than a religious one. Is mostly known as a time for businesses to make money, for people to give gifts, for children to be excited, for parties, etc. The “reason for the season” is supposed to be Jesus, not gifts, not parties, and not watching “the big game”.
Of course, having celebrations, attending parties, and watching the big game or not wrong. It’s just that the meaning of Christmas is supposed to a recognition of and appreciation of the birth of the one who loves us and died for in our place.
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Do you think parties and gifts detract from the Spirit of Christ in Christmas? What could Christians do to focus more on Jesus during this time of year?