The first Christmas was celebrated December 25 of 336 under Constantine, the first Christian Roman Emperor. By choosing this date, he killed two birds with one stone. He hated the Jews so he wanted to erase all Jewish influence from the early church which would have been celebrating The Feast of Dedication also known as The Festival of Lights. He wanted to please his people who did not want their pagan holiday The winter Solstice taken away. A few years later, Pope Julius 1 officially declared December 25 the birthday of Jesus. The birthday celebration began with a Christ-Mass at midnight which became Christmas later one. Now celebrated around the world among Christians and non Christians alike.
Jewish Rabbis believe that, Jesus was more than likely born during The Feast of Tabernacles and conceived during The Feast of Dedication, now known as Hanukkah. Hanukkah is celebrated by the Jewish people around the world in this season. We have forgotten as Christians the reason for the season. we run around with everybody charging stuff we cant afford, giving gifts, decorating trees and feasting with family and friends with no thought to the birthday boy. Remember Jesus whose birthday we’re celebrating? God’s Greatest Gift to mankind? Savior of the world? Just think for a minute where would you and I be without Him?
So let’s go back to the original Christmas recounted in the gospel of Luke chapter 2 and Matthew chapters 1-2. The response from everyone who heard the announcement the promised Messiah was here, was always to praise and glorify God and in the case of the wise men of the East they came to worship Him and lay treasures at his feet. What gifts have you offered to Jesus so far? As Christians what priceless treasures can we lay at his feet? Answer: The soul of men. The very reason He was sent by the Father found in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” We are the only faith who not only become children of God when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior but we also receive the assurance of eternal life and get a down payment on what is to come.
I have decided to forgo the running around after earthly treasures to invest my unrighteous mammon into ministries around the world going to dangerous places to preach the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. To tell the ones The Lord put in my path, to be salt and light wherever I go. I want to stockpile heavenly treasures that do not decay and no thief can steal. I invite you to think and pray on this word. Merry Christmas, let’s keep Jesus the reason for the season. Blessings.