Christmas brings many thoughts to many people. Many will say it is a pagan holiday, and at one time it was. Today, however, here in the United States and around the world, few are thinking that way when December rolls around. Some take this pagan thinking so far and want me to believe that I am bowing to an idol every time I lean down to put a present under the tree. Why does every act have to have some religious pagan garbage attached to it today? Is a Christmas tree of God? No! But I enjoy this festive and friendly time of the year. I love evenings in our living room with the tree lit up, candles burning, with my family drinking hot chocolate, tea, or coffee, and having several cookies that are baked this time of year. It is family time, a time when we will see most of our family, friends, and just enjoy each other’s company.
While growing up Christmas was family time. And, every year on Christmas Eve my whole family got together, shared gifts, food, and fellowship. I loved it, and we would go to a different aunt and uncle’s home, or they would come to our house every so many years. We would also do it at my dad’s parents’ home. We would sing songs and enjoy ourselves. I have many fond memories of those times.
When I grew up and was married, we would also enjoy this time of year. I was drafted into the Army and was sent to war in Vietnam. God and His Son were often big topics with the guys I was in Vietnam with, and had I been there during Christmas time we would have celebrated it in some fashion even in the field. We celebrated every other holiday! Why you may ask? Because it gave us hope! Those celebrations made us feel; “back in the world” [that is what we called, “home”]. I know that those around me were all Christians and that too was comforting.
Being wounded more than once in combat taught me the power of God. Sure some might not agree, but God and Jesus were watching over me. I should have been killed five times while there, and that does not count when I was wounded. I share some about that in the Preface and Introduction of a book coming next year, “True Christian Leadership.” When I was wounded the last time I had arteries severed in three places, at every heartbeat, blood would shoot out. I said, “Oh God, I am going to die!” Then a voice said, “No! You are not, I have plans for you!” Then that very second I stopped bleeding. From that day, I have felt I owed God and Jesus my life, because I would not have been able to serve THEM, and the Church, Christ’s Body, had I died.
I began a quest to learn more about THEM. I went to many churches and asked questions. Not one of them could show me who caused war and who killed people. Finally, I was led by two of my sisters-in-law to a man who showed me the Bible was God’s Word. He showed me it had answers! I wanted more! That ministry offered a class which opened my eyes to answers, and they all were found in a Book I already owned, The Bible. During that class, I received a prophecy where I was told that the Lord stated, “I have plans for you!” This statement given to me twice is why I am doing what I do today. This may seem like a rabbit trail to some, but I wanted you to understand my heart. Things of God are very important to me.
I am committed to learning the Truth, and did so in that ministry. Several years later, I learned that Jesus was born in September and so for a few years we celebrated, “Happy Household Holidays.” We still had all the gifts, decorations, trees, and so on, but called it, “Happy Household Holidays.” Years later I moved on to another ministry. We figured we are not going to change Christmas to September because of the world we live in. I learned—if it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and walks like a duck—it is a duck. If everything you do looks like Christmas, acts like Christmas, then call it what it is—Christmas. No matter what amount of teaching you do, you are not going to get people to quit celebrating Christmas in December. So, for me I am now involved with my third ministry since the one with the class. We teach the Truth about Jesus’ birth, but still enjoy Christmas in December. We know and teach the Truth, but enjoy this time of year. I love the way so many people are friendly. I love the feasts we have with our holidays. They make me think of the ones they had in the Hebrew Scriptures. Israel had three feasts. There was Passover, Feast of Weeks [Pentecost], and The Day of Atonement, which is the fifth day before the feast of tabernacles. We have no such feasts today, but our families enjoy every holiday with a feast. Every member of both sides of my family may not get together for every holiday because we live in different states, but this I know, at every holiday all my family will be having a feast somewhere. No matter what state I am in, we will be eating and fellowshipping with family.
Is this the time of Jesus’ birth? No! So just enjoy the fun, share the Truth, and love one another as the Scriptures teach. Since this is the time that most celebrate Jesus’ birth, I have put the Gospel records in the right order below to bless you.
The Chronology of the Birth of Jesus is listed below, which will help you piece together the records of his Birth. I am sure you will be blessed by reading these records in the following order. Let the Scriptures unfold this wonderful event for you as you witness the birth of Jesus, who became our Lord and Christ!
Enjoy this time of year, and see how God and His Son will open the doors for you to teach the Word to you. I doubt that you will find too many people thinking that it is a pagan holiday. Merry Christmas to every Christian out there! I am glad you are family, and that is what is important!