“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15 NKJV
To a child, the festivities of the Christmas season can seem to be permanent parts of life. Unchanging traditions can seem to be everywhere: Lights and gifts. Parties and trees. Foods and carols. Yet the fact is that most traditions associated with Christmas are comparatively recent introductions. For example, setting December 25 as the day to celebrate Jesus’ birth was only established in 378 A.D. (Because of pagan activities associated with this day, many Christians refused to celebrate.)
Christmas trees first were mentioned in 1605. These continued to be rejected by some as pagan symbols. The idea behind “Santa Claus” (while developed from the fourth century figure St. Nicholas) became part of Christmas celebrations in America only in 1805.
While contemporary culture celebrates Jesus’ birth on December 25, many scholars agree that Jesus couldn’t have been born in December. In fact, for theological and Biblical reasons, His birth has been identified with Passover (in the spring) or perhaps the Feast of Tabernacles (in the fall).
Believers worldwide may differ on theological issues, but they can agree on this: that Jesus was born, and that His birth is central to human history. And it is an event to be celebrated!
The Bible first mentions the coming of a Savior in connection with the sin of Adam and Eve. Even though they had to leave the Garden of Eden, God promised that, one day, He would send a Savior to provide healing, forgiveness, and restoration. The Bible is filled with other prophecies. And Jesus fulfilled every one.
Today, remember that customs come and go. Traditions may differ from generation to generation, and culture to culture. But Jesus is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Worship Him, this season and throughout the year. He is the Lord and our reigning King.Prayer
PrayerFather, thank You for sending Jesus into the world. Help me to focus on Him during this season. I celebrate all that He has done for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit this Christmas season.
Extended ReadingGenesis 3