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ARTICLE: Suppose We Do Keep Christ - In Christmas; Then What?

There are millions of people today rallying around the cry, “Keep Christ in Christmas”. Many resent the subtle removal of Jesus from the holiday by using the replacement greeting, “Happy Holidays”.

Growing up, I (and most of the people I knew), looked forward to having a “Christmas Tree”, seeing baby Jesus in a nativity scene on a neighbor’s front lawn, and really did enjoy saying, “Merry Christmas”, to everyone I met!

Back in the (1960’s-1970’s) America, in which I was raised, we only had a few people who wrote the term, “Merry X-mas”, thinking they were crossing out Christ. For most, Christmas was an almost universal and joyous festival acknowledging the birth of the Son of God.

Suppose, in the years ahead, we do get back to a time like that again, then what? Will more people really know who Jesus Christ is, because we blend His name into Christ Mass (or Christmas)?  Will they know what He has done; and more importantly, what Jesus Christ is going to do in the future because we celebrate this day? I am not so sure. Does just the word or the celebration of Christmas have the power to do that?

I grew up in a Christian family, went to church every Sunday, we had huge worship services every Easter and Christmas; but it wasn’t until I was in my early adult years, that I began to get in touch with who the “Man” Jesus Christ was, what He did, what He said, who He is today (Revelation 1:10-19), and especially what He says He is going to do to this world – the one I’m living in, right now, in just a very short time (Zecahariah 14:1-21)!

One of my favorite Christmas carols growing up was “Joy To The World”, written by Isaac Watts, sometime before 1719 A.D. But it would be years before I learned that Watts was an English Hymn writer who wrote this song, not about the birth of Christ, but instead, about the Triumphant Return of Jesus, spoken of by King David in the 98 Psalm! Most modern renditions of this hymn now even omit the third verse, which speaks of Jesus’ coming authority that will change even the very nature of man and this world:

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

The Power of God and that of His Son, Jesus Christ, to transform and redeem sinful human beings and a fallen world - comes from obeying the Word of God! From saying what Jesus said, and doing what Jesus did (Matthew 28:18-20 / Luke 10:18-24 / Mark 16:15-20)!!!

I think it is great that so many people focus on Christ, the Savior of ALL Man-kind, at this time of year! Praise God! But the birth of our Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ (John 1:26-34), is only a very small piece of Christ’s Gospel message of Salvation and soon coming Kingdom to this earth (Matthew 5:5).

In fact, Jesus knew His birth as a baby would be so overshadowed by what He would do later on, that Jesus never commanded His Disciples to observe the day of His birth (Exodus 31:12-18 / 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 / Zechariah 14:16-19 / Isaiah 66:23-24 / Hebrews 4:1-11).

According to Jesus, and the Bible, things like His death on the cross, His washing away of our sins by His blood, the gift of God’s Holy Spirit to those who believe on Him, His Triumphant Second Coming, the removal of Satan from this world, the establishment of a 1000 year kingdom on this earth with His Saints, and afterwards - the resurrection, education, and eventual salvation of billions upon billions of people; these things were so important to God the Father, and to His Son; that Jesus commanded His people to observe seven annual Holy Day (not holidays) throughout their generations - forever, to commemorate these events, and to teach the Plan of God to their children (Leviticus 23:1-44)!

Wow! I never learned that in church! In fact, the Disciples of Jesus, and their disciples, and the disciples who knew them, for at least four centuries after Christ’s death, did not know about, or keep a day that honored the day of Christ’s birth. Instead they dedicated their lives, and many times lost their lives, for teaching the church to carefully observe and do everything Christ had taught them to do (Jeremiah 26:2 /Matthew 28:20 / Deuteronomy 12:30-32). For my Berean-minded brethren out there, check out the Quartodeciman Passover Controversy (155-325 A.D.) for some forgotten, but very interesting Church History. For those that may want to investigate further, I refer you to our BIBLE STUDY: The LORD’s Passover (Part 3 of 3): How Can I Know I Am Keeping It On The Correct Day?

http://www.onug.us/content/bible-study-lord%E2%80%99s-passover-part-3-3-how-can-i-know-i-am-keeping-it-correct-day

The most often mentioned of the seven Biblical Holy Days, kept by both Jew and Christian, is the Feast of Passover (mentioned 50 times in the Old Testament and 27 times in the New Testament).

A big, mid-winter, birthday bash for Jesus might be part of our modern day culture, but there was a time not too long ago, when that wasn’t so. I can understand why so many people today, get so upset, when forces in their culture try to change something they have always known, or water-down something they have always enjoyed. But if we could go back in time and talk to Jesus and His Disciples; we might see that they would have the exact same concern about what we have done to the faith they once delivered to us! In fact, when Jesus does come back – all the nations and people of this earth, will have to un-learn their ways, and re-learn His Ways (Zechariah 8:20-23, 14:16-19 / Isaiah 66:23-24). Amen!

Check out our TouTube video: The History of Christmas at: http://youtu.be/mpfDryeA4Js 

I might be viewed by some as a strange or peculiar man (1 Peter 2:9-10), and that’s fine with me; so long as in God’s eyes He sees me as moving more each day, from what I once was, toward what He wants me to be – a son of God, in glory, just like my big brother, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 2:9-10)!

The Apostle Paul tells us: "Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you" (Philippians 4:9).

I would call that very good advice, indeed!

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

For God and My Country,

Bob Brown

One Nation Under God U.S.A.

www.onug.us

COMMENTS:

From Nell McDiffett>

I AGREE WITH THIS ARTICLE; REVELATION PICTURES NOT A LITTLE BABY IN THE MANGER BUT A BLOODY SWORD WHEREWITH GOD WILL BRING JUDGMENT AND THEN HE WILL REIGN IN POWER AND GREAT GLORY; LET'S GET THE BABY OUT OF THE CRADLE AND ON THE CROSS BUT DON'T LEAVE HIM THERE; HE AROSE AND ONE DAY WILL RULE AND REIGN..EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS THAT JESUS IS LORD TO THE G LORY OF GOD. TIRED OF THE BAUBLES AND WIMPY PREACHING, EATING AND ALL THAT; THE WORLD IS GOING TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET AND WE AS THE CHURCH ARE PLAYING GAMES.....WHERE IS THE POWERFUL GOD WE SO PROFESS HIM TO BE? LET'S TALK ABOUT HIS POWER AND GREAT GLORY WHICH SHALL BE REVEALED. MAYBE THAT IS WHY SO MANY CHURCHES ARE ANEMIC WHICH BREEDS ANEMIC CHRISTIANS. - NELL