In a recent post of mine I argued that the observation of Christmas is immaterial in terms of moral imperatives. As Paul said, the one who observes a day and one who does not each do it in honor of the Lord. As such, there really is no debate here.
Now then, even though there is no obligation one way or another, I do believe that there is much value in observing Christmas. In this post I want to briefly set forth the 4 reasons why I, personally, observe Christmas. 🙂
In reverse order, counting down to the number one reason:
Number 4: Family Time
Whatever else is true of the Christmas season, it brings the whole family together. For me, personally, it’s the one time each year where I can pretty much bank on spending quality time with my extended family. Something about that roast beast I guess. 😉
‘Course, I get that not everyone has a family/extended family that gets together for Christmas (or that would even be enjoyable if they did), but there’s still…
Number 3: Fellowship with the Body
As Christians, the church truly is our family. There’s a reason we call one another “brother” and “sister”, ya know. Christmas is a time to gather with other believers in joy and thanksgiving as we engage in…
Number 2: Reflection on the Miracle of the Incarnation
And a miracle it is, that God would send His Divine Son into the world. It is in remembrance and recognition of that watershed event in the history of the universe that Christians all over the world and throughout the ages have gathered in worship and adoration, much as the angels did 2000 years ago… and to this day.
…when [God] brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
– Hebrews 1:6
Number 1: The Presents!
You just knew this would be number one, didn’t you? And here it is. I confess: I love the presents.
The gift of an infant King, wrapped in swaddling clothes lying humbly in a manger. (Matt 2:2; Luke 2:7)
The gift of a wise Teacher, who reveals the Father in a way that only One fully Divine Himself can do. (John 1:18)
The gift of a Suffering Servant, by whose stripes I am healed. (Isaiah 53)
The gift of a Resurrected Lord, who has promised me a resurrection like His on the last day, when I shall see Him with my own eyes. (Matthew 28:6; Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:2; Job 19:27)
You know what the real “present” of Christmas is? A Messiah who presents Himself before the throne of God as a sacrifice of atonement… for me, for you.