What Is Christmas?

Here are some undeniable facts about Christmas:

  • There is no proof that Christ was born on December 25. But the glorious good news is in the fact that HE WAS BORN as our Savior, that He came down from heaven to seek and save the lost (Luke 2:8-12).
  • Another fact worthy of consideration is the fact that we can rejoice in Christ, as Christians, on December 25, just the same as the other 364 days of the year. We do not have to cease to be happy in Jesus at “Christmas” just to be different from others. Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4). This would take in Christmas along with all other days of the year.
  • Instead of revealing the date of the birth of Christ, God has revealed the day on which He was raised from the dead — the first day of the week (Mark 16:8-9; Luke 24:1-47). God does want us to observe this day. It is a day called the “Lord’s day” (Revelation 1:10; I Corinthians 16:2; Acts 20:7). In it we are especially rejoiceful and glad.
  • We should show our faith in Christ, in His birth, in His life, in all that He did for us, and is doing for us in every proper way; but we should not deceive others into thinking we are celebrating December 25 as the birthday of Christ, for there is no reason to believe it is the date of His birth.
  • But when all the facts are considered, there is nothing to prevent our enjoying the holiday season just ahead called “Christmas.” We may give and receive gifts in this season, or at any other season of the year, on December 25, or on any other day of the year that we wish — on our birthday, or that of others. In fact, we should “rejoice with them that do rejoice” at Christmas or any other time. There is not enough happiness in the world anyway. We can, however, do all this without celebrating Christmas as the birthday of Christ.
  • Finally, it is proof of the divinity of Christ to find Him so popular in the world two thousand years after His birth that the civilized world wants to celebrate His birth, whether it knows the date or not.

Thank God for our Lord and His coming into the world, regardless of the exact date of His arrival by the virgin birth. We shall, therefore, go on preaching the truth, whatever is proper and fitting, regardless of “Christmas."

Gus Nichols