Should we Celebrate Christmas?
Today, atheists demand end to Christmas celebration. In the news, we hear of many of their lawsuits and battles over nativity displays. Slowly, atheist billboards are replacing nativity scenes. Not only atheists but also, some unorthodox new religions which profess to follow Christ insist that Christmas is a pagan festival to be shunned by all true Christians. Many new Christians are being fed with this strangely mixed gospel that is so cheaply found on internet. Why is this war on Christmas? What is the spirit that controls atheists and what is the spirit behind all these attacks? Should we not fear and tremble when we find ourselves being in agreement with the devil and believing what atheists believe in? I decided to ask the Lord about Christmas and here in this article I share what the Lord taught us as a church as we conversed with Him in many different ways.
Satan wants Christmas unrecognized
Christmas! Christ’s name is there! Praise God, Hallelujah! Make no mistake, satan is a thief and a robber and He wants Christ out of Christmas! When was there a time that satan has not sought to counterfeit and imitate what God is doing? Are you going to stop celebrating Christmas just because satan has counterfeited it? No! God wants you to fight back and not let satan take what belongs to Him – and make no mistakes satan can, because he is a thief and a robber!
Christmas! Christ’s name is there! Does satan wants you to call on the name of Christ? Do you know that every time Jesus Christ’s name is mentioned satan gets defeated? “…so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,” Philippians 2:10 . satan is the one who screams ‘stop Christmas; don’t tell of His birth; shut down that anointed music and those instruments they play on many radio stations! Stop humans from telling of His birth because people get saved when they hear that story, plus we get tormented severely in hell each time His name is sung and proclaimed!” Oh, yes, demons hate Christmas and they are not happy of the lights and the decorations we put up. What do you think happen when a song such as “Joy to the World” is played? Words have power, and upon singing it, joy is released all over the world!
Christ is the center of Christmas. There is no Christmas without Christ. The theme of Christmas is one of redemption, light, selflessness, humility ... a reminder of God who is generous and give extravagantly. God wants you to remember what He has done for you! He says “Put me in remembrance”; “Remember what I told you.” John 15:20. In the book of Revelation 3:3 He says “So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it.” God wants you to remember the source of your salvation. satan wants you to forget what happened. God wants you to proclaim it “and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us--” 1 John 1:2. God command us to be careful and to never forget what He has done for us. He says “Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren”. Truth needs repetition because human nature forgets so easily. So we celebrate Christmas year after year, to remember the birth of Christ and to marvel over the mystery of the Word becoming flesh.
Is Jesus Birthday on December 25?
While the answer remains a mystery, one thing is for sure- Who would not want to rejoice in thinking of the day that His Savior incarnation was first manifested to the world on that holy night? Should we stop celebrating His birth just because the date is wrong? My spiritual son’s birthday is near. He was born in a nation where they did not keep the record of the day of his birth so His mother had to come up with a new birthday date. We celebrate with my spiritual son, rejoicing greatly even though the date might be wrong. The intent or purpose is what matters, not the actual date. When I asked the Lord what was His actual Birthday, the Lord said that it truly does not matter the date of His birth. What is important is that His children remember to celebrate Him even if the date of His birthday might be wrong.
Celebrating Christmas with Jesus Dec 25, 2013
It happened that year, we were face to face with the Lord and we celebrate every year, again this year and the years to come! There is no way we are going to forget to celebrate the Birthday of our #1 Best Friend, our wonderful Savior and Lover whom we have encountered! In November 2013, the Lord said, “My heart is joyful and I love the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas!” Good News! Heaven celebrate Christmas! Even on earth when you decorate for Christmas, heaven gets involved. If you are a parent and you have some of your little ones in heaven, Jesus gives them presents every Christmas or any other special occasions on your behalf! On Christmas day, the Lord celebrates and He dresses in Christmas special garments and wears a crown of gold embossed with jewels of all colors. Not only on Christmas but also any other special holy day, the Lord wears such royal gorgeous garments!
A Surprise Birthday Party
In 2013, we decided to make a surprise birthday party for Jesus but we wondered how we can do that because God is all knowing and is everywhere! ‘Can we really make Him a surprise party?’, we wondered! Then we came up with the idea of asking Him if we might be allowed to make a surprise birthday party and the Lord granted us the request. On the day of planning for this event, we held the meeting in our church. The Lord sent His Holy Spirit and the Lord covered His ears so as to give us privacy! The Holy Spirit visibly came in our midst and He was participating in planning. The Holy Spirit spoke, He knows the Lord better than anyone of us and He gave us amazing ideas as we planned. The day of the birthday party came, it was held in what we called “The Ark” and we had a wonderful party – A birthday party fit for The King where we presented our gifts to Him and shared special music, dance, joy, love and a special meal. The Lord was present in our midst on this day and received all our gifts. A few weeks later, the Lord shared how happy He was and told us that to every gift we gave Him, He gave back to us a double portion. Some of us saw this manifesting quickly in the physical realm. Praise God, Hallelujah!
God Celebrates His Son's Birthday
Christmas – The true meaning of the season is Christ. Look beyond the tree, look beyond all the pagan stuff, look at the truth behind the traditions! Christmas season is a great time and a great opportunity to exalt Jesus Christ. The day of Christmas is a special day to worship Christ and give thanks for His entrance into the world. During this season, God will make opportunity for you to meet family members and friends who are not saved. Remember, therefore, to introduce Christ to them. Do not be afraid to share Christ with them. Do not be afraid to show them the man, Christ, whom you have met, and has changed your life! Do not withhold the truth from them because it is the truth that sets them free (John 8:32). How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14). Introduce your family to Jesus. Tell them how kind He is. Tell them of His loving-kindness. Tell them about your first love and of what happened when you gave your life to Him. How He changed your life inside and out, and how faithful He has been. Tell them to seek and find Jesus. Tell them to love Him. Teach them how to be His. God celebrates His son's birthday and yes, He wants you to celebrate it too!
Christmas is not about obsession over “stuff”, it is not about shopping and just exchanging presents. As the saying goes “Keep Christ in Christmas.” God wants you to celebrate Christmas but all the pagan stuff and idolatry must be left out and Christ must remain the center of it all. Look at the truth behind the traditions. “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22