By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host
A person who does not necessarily share my beliefs when it comes to Christmas said to me, “You know, Jesus wasn’t born on December 25. If he existed at all he was likely born sometime in the Spring. Some scholars have even indicated sometime around September.”
He was being a deconstructionist. Like people who attack the Framing of the U.S. Constitution, he figures if some of the dates or facts surrounding the event can be questioned, and even doubted, then it must make the event itself invalid.
“My greatest concern,” I replied to my detractor, “is not when He was born as much as it is why He was born. He was born to die. Jesus Christ was God in human form so that he could be born like us, live like us, be tempted like us and communicate directly with us. He lived a miraculous life, and died an inhuman death so that he could be our Savior. He was born. He lived. He died on a cross. He was resurrected. He lives.”
Does it really matter if Christmas Trees come from some old non-Christian practice, if the gift giving originated from some non-Christian tradition, or if December 25th is closer to the Winter Solstice than the birth of Jesus Christ? Does it really matter whether or not the facts around the event are perfect or Christian as long as we have the reason for the season accurate?
John 3:16 King James Version (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 3:23 (KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:10 King James Version (KJV) As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 5:12 King James Version (KJV) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Romans 6:23 King James Version (KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 5:8 King James Version (KJV) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 10:13 King James Version (KJV) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:9-10 King James Version (KJV) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The reason for the manger was the cross.