Hello my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus!
The Lord has been impressing upon my heart to give a message from Him addressing Christmas. It seems as of late that Christmas has really been coming under attack not only by the world but also from those in the faith. Before you say “Brother Jeff, don’t you know that Christmas is a pagan holiday and in the Roman Catholic Church took it and Christianized it? ” I will tell you, Yes! I am well aware of the pagan origins of the winter solstice celebration and Saturnalia. I am also well aware that Jesus Christ, Yahushua HaMashiach was not born on December 25th and that it was most likely born on Rosh Hashanah in September on the Gregorian calendar. That is most widely used calendar in the world today. It is noted, as well, that the origins of the Christmas tree are pagan, though I have never bowed down and worshipped one and have never seen anyone do so. Also there has been much said about Jeremiah chapter 10 being about Christmas trees but I am not so sure that Jeremiah was not prophesying about people wearing and worshipping crucifixes. If you would like to look further look into this watch this video by Stephen DeNoon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVRC56FHcFM
I am also well aware that Christmas is now very much full of materialism and buying things for people with little or no thought about Jesus at all. Many people go into massive debt during the Christmas season and they pay for their folly for months afterward. This to me the worst part of this season and it comes out of selfishness, pride, envy and idolatry.
There are those out there that say we should not celebrate Christmas at all but instead celebrate Hanukkah during this time. Some of them even cite that Jesus himself celebrated Hanukkah and so should we; as well as the other feasts that are listed in the Old Testament. To me this is perfectly fine! If people like to celebrate Hanukkah as unto the Lord as well as the other feasts during the year, let them do so out of love for God and not because it is the law.
I believe that Romans 14 fits very well in this case. I will list the key verses here but I would advise you that all should go and read the entire chapter yourselves. Verse 1 “Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.” This may well be one of the most powerful verses that we as Christians should live by but very few do. There is so much fighting and division in the body of Christ over things that really, in the eye of eternity, do not matter as much as loving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and loving your neighbor as yourself. Jesus quoted these two Commandments saying that all the other commandments were summed up in these two. Yet, no one is able in their own strength to keep even those two. Only by the power of the blood of Jesus and through Holy Spirit that lives within us can we keep them. If the law was perfect, Jesus would not have had to come to save us from our sins because we would have already been keeping the law and Jesus death and resurrection would not have been needful. The truth is that He is the only way to eternal life!
Verses 5-9 say “One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” I believe, you can observe a day or not observe a day but if we do it, do it as unto the Lord but we must be fully convinced in our own mind that is what we should do or it is sin. We should not do anything that we have not sought the Lord about. In other words if you want to celebrate Christmas do so unto the Lord, if you want to celebrate Hanukkah do so unto the Lord, if you choose not to celebrate either holiday, do that unto the Lord, but do not condemn your fellow brother and sister in Christ for what they do or do not celebrate.
In verses 10-13 it says this, “But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God. “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.” Let us not judge our brothers and sisters in Christ for celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah or not celebrating either. For God is our judge and we will answer to him for our actions whether they are out of love or not. If you are judging, fighting and or causing your brother or sister in Christ to stumble you will be judged by the Lord, the righteous judge, for your actions. But remember 1 John 1:9-10
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
The rest of Romans 14 deals with eating and drinking or not eating and drinking things but I believe it applies as well to Christmas and Hanukkah. No day in and of itself is evil for God our Father has made all of them for us. It is not for us to say a day is Holy or it is evil. Just because some people in the past and maybe even in the present choose to do evil on certain days, it does not make that day evil for us for God has made every day holy for us by the Son. This also has to do with the Sabbath and worshipping on Sunday. As for myself I choose to worship my Lord every day of the week not just one day of the week. I give him my all, as best I can every day. I surrender to my Lord and God, Yahusha Hamashiach each and every day and I live, move and have my being in Him. My very breath is that of the Ruach Hakodesh, Holy Spirit and I would have it no other way. My goal is to be walking in the Spirit 24 hours a day and all 365 days a year. My wish for you all is the same! Follow me as I follow Christ.
In conclusion I would like to say that if you are walking in the Spirit at all times, you will be showing love to those around you. In westernized countries most people do know that Christmas is representative of Christ’s birth. Just think about miracle that the Creator of the Universe and everything in it, would humble Himself and become a newborn baby and then later die an excruciatingly painful death on a cross, ALL OUT OF HIS AMAZING LOVE FOR US! And if we are the ones who has a carriers of his Holy Spirit, how much more should we be showing love to the lost during this time of year? If you confess yourself to be a Christian, they are watching you. If you condemn this day and you even tear it apart finding all the faults in it, what good is it to these that don’t know Jesus? Are you bringing them closer to Christ by being negative and condemning Christmas? I don’t think I have to tell you the answer to that. There are many people that go to church on Christmas or Christmas Eve that do not come any other time of year. And you can say what you want about the condition of the churches these days and I would agree with you, but I will say also say this; that the Lord can use a church service that mentions the name of Jesus more than you know. The Holy Spirit can work and move on that person’s heart and it could be a seed planted or it could result in their salvation right there and then. I am not talking about religion, I am talking about a true relationship with the creator of the universe Yahusha Hamashiach, Jesus Christ, Our Savior, our lover, our best friend, the one who will never leave us or forsake us and let us not ever turn Him away.
I’m sure there will be those that would disagree with me and that is fine. I do not condemn you but as for myself I will show the love of Jesus that He has put in my heart during this time of year and to the best of my ability all the rest of the year as well, for that is what we are all called to do.
Peace, love, provision and protection to you all.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!