I was thinking about Christmas and reading about the birth of Jesus in the Book of Matthew today. I am always struck by the power of the angel’s statement to Joseph regarding the reason he was to call him Jesus. Remember, Christmas is all about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and giving Him glory for who He is and why He was born! It is the greatest birthday celebration in the whole world!
I have been blogging on WordPress for over a year now. I started in August of 2018, so last December was my first Christmas as a blogger. Unfortunately, I ran into quite a few legalistic believers and false preachers during that time that were very hateful and judgmental about Christmas. As a matter of fact, in all my time blogging, those are the people that have given me the most trouble, not unbelievers! In the most loving way I can say this, I am not putting up with it this year or any other year.
There are a lot of people out there that claim to know Jesus and they pretend to have fellowship with us, but they are actually legalistic wolves that believe they can earn their salvation through works. All they want to do is tear at you with their vile lies and point their bitter judgmental fingers at you while they try to beat you over the head with verses they don’t understand. And they don’t understand them because most likely, they don’t have the Holy Spirit. Beware of such “believers.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Christians who don’t celebrate Christmas are false believers (although it makes me wonder). Some are real believers that have somehow got mixed up with legalism, but others are straight up false preachers.
They came at me with their misunderstandings of Jeremiah 10 and condemned me for having a Christmas tree. I have never carved an idol in my life, that’s not what a Christmas tree is, and I sure don’t worship it! It’s a decoration for crying out loud! Some people are so legalistic it’s ridiculous. Such people still think they can fulfill the Law on their own and they are not trusting in Christ’s finished work on the cross. They act as if they are still under Old Testament Law as if they could be righteous on their own. Jesus fulfilled the Law because we can’t! No one will be justified by observing the Law. Read Galatians and Romans. God’s Word will prove it to you!
Other people don’t like the word Christmas and want to argue about the origins of the word. One of them even told me it “grieves her heart” to here the phrase “Merry Christmas.” She was a former Catholic and her reasoning for being grieved was based on some weird Catholic painting depicting King Herod’s orders to kill the boys in Bethlehem (not sure why someone would want a painting like that). She tried to tell me Christmas is celebrating Herod’s slaughter (still one of the weirdest things I’ve ever heard). Then a couple of her friends jumped in the conversation pointing their fingers at me with all kinds of accusations and judgments. It was quite strange and crazy, and I still shake my head at that one. We know about King Herod trying to kill Jesus and we know he ordered the murder of all the boys in Bethlehem aged two and under (Matthew 2:13-18), but that is absolutely not why we celebrate Christmas.
Others want to argue about the date of Christmas as if we don’t know that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th. That’s not the point in our time. The point is we celebrate Jesus and He is glorified worldwide through the celebration of His birthday! Christmas puts the focus on Jesus and shares the Gospel with the world!
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
I don’t understand why a believer in Jesus Christ would not celebrate the birth of their Lord and Savior, but if that’s you, I don’t judge you. I am not here to argue with legalistic people. I am here to preach the Gospel! I love Jesus Christ with all of my heart and I’m going to celebrate Him and worship Him in spirit and in truth! Judge me if you want to. Jesus is my Lord and Savior and He deserves all the glory and praise!
I say “Merry Christmas” and if that offends you, tough cookies. All of the people who subscribe to my blog now have never treated me that way and I thank you all for that. The false preachers who attacked me learned pretty quick not to mess with me and they are gone now. I preach the truth boldly and I will not back down. If you are reading this blog for the first time and you are a legalistic Christmas hater, you will probably want to stay off my blog in December. Your hateful comments will just get blocked, you won’t like talking with me anyway because I will preach the truth to you, and your misunderstandings of Scripture will never defeat the truth of God’s Word. Your legalism will never defeat my freedom in Christ either (Galatians 5:1)!
Romans 8:1-2 burns bright in my heart! I am not a slave to the law of sin and death! I am righteous through His blood alone and I celebrate and worship Him because He died to save my soul and set me free from sin and death!
Now that I have been clear on that, let’s take a look at the birth of Jesus and what the angel of the Lord told Joseph:
“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.”
That is why we celebrate the birth of Jesus! He was born to save us from our sins! His Name in Hebrew is Yeshua, which literally means “the Lord is salvation.” The root verb of His Name means “to deliver, to rescue, and to save.” He is God in human flesh! God with us! Jesus rescues us, delivers us, and saves us from sin and death! The greatest gift God ever gave to mankind was coming to earth as a beautiful little baby boy to save the world!
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
Don’t ever forget why Jesus was born and why we celebrate Christmas! Jesus is Lord and He is our only Savior! It is His birthday and just like the Magi did, I want to honor and worship Him as I celebrate His birth! Jesus Christ is Lord! May He be celebrated and glorified throughout the whole world!
Grace and peace to you all, and Merry Christmas!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus speaking in John 3:16