At this time of year if we are not perky and bubbly we are asked where is our Christmas Spirit? Or don’t you have a Festive Spirit? Truth be told I have the Holy Spirit God has given me. God loves a cheerful giver and His Spirit is given without measure, so when I hear it’s the season of giving I am reminded our Lord’s Spirit is not for a season, but we are to give and not announce what we’re doing. (Matthew 6:3,4). The giving of gifts is not unknown to our Lord seeing He was the first to do so. (Ephesians 4:7-13). But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
If we truly love what the bible teaches then as Christians we must question where did Christmas originate? Anyone with a computer can do a search and find the same answer you are about to read………… TYPE IN “WHERE DID CHRISTMAS ORIGINATE?”
Many who are celebrating would probably not prefer to read where all the things done this time of year came from. With a healthy fear of God I questioned constantly why we do what we do, only to find the world celebrates different than what scripture teaches.
The Romans came up with Saturnalia that was a time for merrymaking and the exchanging of gift’s which was a week long celebration held December 17-25. The house was decorated with greenery and lights. The celebrating consisted of going house to house singing and at times naked, human sacrifice, a license to rape without any repercussions, basically a free for all without limits.
Since the Christian population was larger than those who were celebrating such festivities the Romans thought to say Jesus was born December 25th a greater number would accept the celebration and it worked!!!
About this time you may want to shoot the messenger, but it does not change how Christmas originated. Scripture plainly tells us what is and is not acceptable in the eyes of God. Ever notice the word christmas is not once written in the bible? A good place would be right after the crucifixion of Christ we would be told there would be a festive time called Christmas and to honor Christ you will put a pine tree in your houses and decorate it with lights and I will give the Spirit of giving at this time BUT IT DOES NOT.
Scripture is so plain in telling us how to serve God we would not miss it (The tree and all the celebrating).What scripture does tell us is what the gifts of the Holy Spirit are and in fact lists them…..A christmas Spirit is not on the list. 1) Word of Wisdom 2) Word of Knowledge 3) Faith 4) Gift of Healing 5) Working of Miracles 6) Prophecy 7) Discerning of Spirits 8) Various Tongues 9) Interpretation of Tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:7-10). But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
We are told the traditions of man make void the word of God, and just as the Pharisee’s in Jesus day held to their traditions that had nothing to do with God Jesus addressed them by saying: “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”.(Mark 7:7).
The one who made us knows us very well and unless we know the truth we like sheep can be led astray just like at this time of year. To show God knows we can sometimes follow what is not of Him we read in the book of Acts when the people of Athens unknowingly were not serving God and Paul explained who God really was. (Acts 17:19-29). Then God let the people know it was out of ignorance what they had done. “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent”. (Acts 17:30).
I encourage anyone who wants a closer walk with the Lord to search about where christmas originated and see it is not a time God ordained His people to follow and do.
If Christmas has only been around for 2 hundred years, and Jesus died 2 thousand years ago then why was He not honored for the first 18 hundred years?????????????
Hate if you must this truthful message for Jesus tells those who follow Him faithfully will be hated, for they hated Him as well for the message He brought from God the Father. (John 15:18-20). If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.