Christmas has been celebrated throughout history as a day of joy and celebration. As a religious holiday, it is observed by many Christians around the world to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. But what does the Bible say about this special day?
The Bible provides some pretty clear information about Christmas and its birth of Jesus, which is narrated in the second chapter of Matthew and the second chapter of Luke. According to the prophecy, Jesus was born in Bethlehem and brought forth, in a “manger,” to the shepherds who heard heavenly angels singing the praises of the event.
The Bible also describes how various gifts were presented to Jesus by the “wise men.” These gifts were gold, frankincense, and myrrh — symbolic of the three distinct aspects of divinity exhibited in the birth of Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of all mankind. The birth of Jesus is often referred to as the “Christmas Star” and is celebrated with festive decorations and songs.
This special day serves to remind believers of the importance of joy and peace. These concepts are based on love, compassion, and understanding, as embodied by Jesus. The teaching of Jesus includes love for others, self-sacrifice, and forgiveness. It is these principles that are often remembered and celebrated on Christmas Day.
Another important element of Christmas is the sharing of gifts. Going back to the gifts bestowed to the Lord Jesus, Christians have taken the practice of exchanging presents to symbolize the act of Jesus’ selfless sacrifice. It is a reminder of the importance of giving, both physical and spiritual, to those in need.
Christmas carols and other musical activities are often heard during the holiday season that helps to bring a greater sense of joy in the air and to communicate messages of love and good tidings. God has shone His light to us in the form of Jesus, His son; and the celebrating of Christmas is a reminder of His glory.
The Christmas Tree
One of the main symbols around Christmas is the Christmas tree. This is seen as a representation of life in the midst of death, symbolizing the joy and celebration of a new life. Traditionally, the tree was decorated with items such as candles, ornaments, and other symbols of good luck. Although not specifically mentioned in the Bible, the Christmas tree is a common part of many Christmas celebrations.
Historically, the Christmas tree has represented fertility and growth, as well as the coming of the winter solstice. With the conception of Christianity, the Christmas tree became a symbol of the coming of Jesus and was believed to be a representation of His birth. It is seen as a sign of faith and hope for new beginnings and the celebration of a better life.
Today, the Christmas tree still stands as a symbol of joy and hope and encourages us to find strength and courage to continue on our journey. It also reminds us of the importance of kindness, love, and compassion in our lives.
The Gift of Giving
As mentioned earlier, the exchanging of gifts is something that is commonly associated with Christmas. This practice has its roots in the story of the Three Kings, who gave gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the baby Jesus. It is the act of gift giving that has come to symbolize the love, joy, and appreciation we have for one another.
The Bible states that when we give, it is viewed as a form of spiritual service and a demonstration of our love for others. Jesus taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive, as such an act is a reflection of our faith and trust in God. When we give with a kind and generous heart, our gifts are pleasing to God and a way for us to demonstrate our love for Him and for others.
By sharing our possessions, we create a spirit of understanding, peace, and joy. It is a reminder that we should give of ourselves, without expecting anything in return, and to be generous with our compassion. Gifts are a way of expressing our love and appreciation for one another and are a celebration of the beauty and hope of a bright future.
Lighting of the Candles
Another element of Christmas is the lighting of the candles. This often happens on Christmas Eve and is a sign of hope and wonder in the birth of Jesus. The Bible mentions the “light” of Jesus, represented in a candle, which symbolizes joy and faith.
The Bible records that Jesus came to bring a “new covenant” with God and to bring His “light of salvation to the world.” As such, the lighting of the candle serves as a reminder of Jesus’ miraculous entrance into the world and the resulting promise of eternal life.
In addition to the candles, the Bible mentions other symbols of joy such as bells and decorations. These items symbolize the rejoicing and celebration of Jesus’ entrance into the world and serve to remind us of the joyous and holy season of Christmas.
Feasting and Celebrations
Christmas is also a time of feasting and celebration. Traditionally, foods such as turkey and ham are served at meals and Christmas cookies are shared with friends and family. The Bible mentions the concept of feasting or “rejoicing” and it is believed that celebrating Christmas in this way will bring good luck and prosperity to those who observe it.
Feasting is a reminder of the joyous occasion of Jesus’ birth and it is a demonstration of our faith and hope. Celebrating this event with family and friends, and in a festive atmosphere, is intended to show our gratitude for the blessings of the season and is a sign of peace and hope.
Christmas is a time of celebration and a reminder of the miraculous gift of Jesus. We remember and commemorate the birth of this special child and recall the sacred stories of His life. The teachings and values that Jesus shared remain as powerful and relevant today as they did centuries ago. His message of joy and peace, love and compassion, is echoed during the Christmas season and is a reminder that it is truly the most wonderful time of the year.
Advent and the Counting of Days
Another tradition associated with Christmas is the time of Advent, or the counting of days. This period typically begins four Sundays before Christmas and lasts until the day of the holiday itself. This period serves to remind believers of the season of Christmas and the coming of Jesus. Children often count down the days with decorations and ornaments, or with an Advent calendar.
The time of Advent also offers a time of introspection as believers reflect and pray on the miracle of Jesus’s birth. During this time of anticipation, believers are asked to prepare spiritually, to fast and turn away from sin. By meditating on Jesus’ arrival and reflecting on His teachings, individuals are reminded of the transformative power of hope and redemption.
The Bible teaches that Jesus brings hope and joy, love and compassion into the world. Such hope is often demonstrated during the Advent period as believers prepare their hearts and minds for the celebration of Jesus’s birth. As Christians celebrate this special time of year, they are encouraged to keep their festive spirit alive and enjoy the joyful experiences provided for us by God.
Giving of the Self
The Bible speaks of the importance of self-giving in times of need and Jesus’ teaching urges us to think of others before ourselves. The Christmas season is the perfect time for us to do just that as it encourages us to spread love and share our blessings with those in need.
The Bible speaks of the “widow’s mite,” which is a story of great selflessness and generosity. In this story, Jesus speaks of a widow who gives all she has to show her love and sacrifice for Him. By focusing on others and using our resources wisely, we can demonstrate and enact our faith.
When we focus on giving to others, we bring joy and hope to a world that often feels broken and divided. We also build relationships, teach values, and share experiences with those around us. Self-giving is a powerful reminder of the Creator’s love, and it is essential to the values of Christmas.
Celebrating a Day of Joy
The celebration of Christmas is a reminder of joy and light that has been brought into the lives of those who believe. Through this special celebration, Christians around the world experience the joy and peace that come with the birth of Jesus.
For many believers, the season of Christmas serves to strengthen their faith and reaffirm their relationship with Jesus. By celebrating the coming of the light, we remember his words of love and peace and seek to embody them in our own lives. During Christmas, believers can experience joy, love, and compassion that would make Jesus proud.
As Christmas draws near, believers are encouraged to turn their focus to Jesus and to remember the true message of Christmas — that of hope, joy, and peace. By taking the time to reflect and to connect with Jesus, one can find strength and solace in His words and redemption in His teachings. By doing so, believers can experience the true joy of Christmas.