How then shall we celebrate Christmas?

Jake Baker  ·  December 25, 2016  ·  Faith/Family, Lifestyle, Prophecy, Christianity, Featured

By Dr. Jake Baker

It is Christmas time and many people have many ideas of the many ways we celebrate Christmas.  History tells us that Christmas as we know it wasn’t celebrated by our founders who had seen the paganism of Christmas in Europe and wanted no part of it.  But slowly the holiday was adopted and America embraced Christmas. 

Of course, scripture is not clear about when the first Christmas really was however many scholars suggest that the first Christmas may have been as late as Pentecost which is in late May or early June.  But, no matter when it is celebrated one thing we do know is how terribly significant that First Christmas really was.  That first Christmas as described in scripture changed all of human history and was the crescendo of and dividing line between the old testament and the fulfillment and Genesis of the New Covenant.  

This was the birth of a king but there were no earthly bands or orchestras there were no parades or streets lined with adoring or thronging crowds.  There was however, a heavenly choir and adoring shepherds who came, not to a palace, but to a humble manger in the small town of Bethlehem. 

Many if not most had no idea a king had been born.  But the wise men knew and they followed the star in the heavens from the far flung regions of the earth to see This king who had been prophesied seven hundred years before his birth by the prophet Isaiah. 

Here's What Yahweh Showed The Prophet Isaiah as described in Isaiah 9:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

And the Gospel of Luke gives the marvelous details.

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)  To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.  

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.   

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.  

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.  And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.  But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

It is Christmas time and many people have many ideas of the many ways we celebrate Christmas.  History tells us that Christmas as we know it wasn’t celebrated by our founders who had seen the paganism of Christmas in Europe and wanted no part of it.  But slowly the holiday was adopted and America embraced Christmas. 

Of course, scripture is not clear about when the first Christmas really was however many scholars suggest that the first Christmas may have been as late as Pentecost which is in late May or early June.  But, no matter when it is celebrated one thing we do know is how terribly significant that First Christmas really was.  That first Christmas as described in scripture changed all of human history and was the crescendo of and dividing line between the old testament and the fulfillment and Genesis of the New Covenant.  

This was the birth of a king but there were no earthly bands or orchestras there were no parades or streets lined with adoring or thronging crowds.  There was however, a heavenly choir and adoring shepherds who came, not to a palace, but to a humble manger in the small town of Bethlehem. 

Many if not most had no idea a king had been born.  But the wise men knew and they followed the star in the heavens from the far flung regions of the earth to see This king who had been prophesied seven hundred years before his birth by the prophet Isaiah. 

How then shall we celebrate Christmas?  Some put up a tree – while others believe there should be no tree.  Some go into debt to swarm children and loved ones with presents.   Others keep a more simple quiet Christmas.  But for all the celebrations some spiritual and some not so spiritual there is one thing in common that many if not most have missed … and that is this … For unto you is born this day in the city of David … a Savior – which is Christ the Lord. 

That dear friends is the meaning of Christmas.  It was on that still night, in the company of beasts and wrapped in the velvet of Bethlehem’s darkness that the world was forever changed.  This was an event so momentous that no earthly celebration can equal the miraculous announcement, no royal court could contain the glory of the King of Kings and no coronation could encompass the majesty of Messiah, Lord of All, coming as a babe to save the crowning glory of Yahweh’s creation, fallen mankind. So he came not with trumpets and feasts but with a choir of angels and simple adoring shepherds who worshipped the new born king not with precious gifts but with bowed and humble hearts. 

Today, Messiah is still not looking for regal celebrations, trumpets and feasts but for the same bowed and humbled hearts that came to the manger that first Christmas.  My Christmas wish for you is that you find your way to that manger and that you bring the most precious gift anyone can bring – yourself - and receive the most precious gift mankind has ever known the love and forgiveness of Messiah who left the glory and splendor of heaven to save mankind.  But here is the humbling part. 

If there were nobody else in the entire world but you … Yeshua still would have come because when you get right down to it … the love of the Messiah that came to earth that night is about all of us but it is also about you – your destiny - your redemption – and the babe of Bethlehem’s gift of life and forgiveness for you. 

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