But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.Galatians 4:4-5
Did you know that Christmas begins on December 25? However, for many people, it ends when all the gifts are unwrapped, all the special food has been cooked and consumed, and all the traveling to and fro has come to an end.
But Christmas begins with the Nativity of Jesus – which is what is celebrated in the early morning hours of December the 25, and it ends with the celebration of the arrival of the Magi.
Can you guess how many days that is?
That’s right, that’s the 12 Days of Christmas!
But Christmas isn’t about a time. We don’t actually know when Jesus was born – what time of year, I mean. There are two competing schools of thought on this.
Jesus was either born in the spring of the year – when shepherds typically would be out in their fields, keeping sheep by night.
Or Jesus was born when most of the world celebrates it – on December the 25.
Those who contend for a Spring birth, usually do so with the argument that the Church co-opted the pagan Roman holidays of Saturnalia and Sol Invictus.
But Saturnalia actually was celebrated December 17 – later expanded to December 23 – never touching the 25th.
And Sol Invictus wasn’t celebrated until after the first recorded Christian celebrations of the nativity of Jesus.
But it doesn’t matter. Because Christmas is ultimately not about a time.
Christmas is also not about a place. While most people celebrated Christmas at home, I once celebrated Christmas in the Caribbean nation of Aruba with my family. Then there are the songs like “I’ll be Home for Christmas” and “White Christmas” that emphasize that Christmas is to be celebrated in a specific location – home – where it snows – the northern half of the northern hemisphere (most of the time).
No, Christmas is about a Person, not a time or place. It is about the Unconquered Son of God. We celebrate the Son of God from all eternity that took on the name “Jesus” and was born of the Virgin Mary in time.
He also lived in time. Lived perfectly in order to take our place under God’s perfect Law.
Jesus also died at the hands of Pontius Pilate, again in time and at a certain place, in order to forgive our sins and give us new life!
Christmas – our very life – is about Jesus
He Came for us
He Died for us
We now live for Him
We now witness about Him.
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