The first mention of a Messiah to be born was prophesised in the old testament as a suffering servant of God; which was later prophesised again in the new testament in Luke’s gospel: “The angel answered: ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God’s power will rest upon you. For this reason the holy child will be called the Son of God.'” (Verse 1 line 35 of Luke’s Gospel)
It was then announced again by the birth of John who was born to prepare the people for the Messiah’s/Jesus’ birth and arrival: “You, my child will be called a prophet of the Most High God. You will prepare the his road for him, to tell his people that they will be saved.” (Verse 1 line 76-77 of Luke’s Gospel)
The birth of Jesus happened in Bethlehem in Judea. At this time Emperor Augustus order there to be a census so that he could count how many people lived under his rule; therefore the people had to return to be registered to their hometown. “Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea.” He took with him his wife to be, Mary: “she was pregnant and while in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. She gave birth to her first son.” She gave birth to him in a stable, as there was no room in the inn. (All quotes from Verse 2 lines 1-7 of Luke’s Gospel)
The Angels of the Lord were sent to tell the Shepherds that the Son of God has been born and they should go and see him: “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them.” And, “the shepherd’s said to one another; ‘Lets go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us.'” (Verse 2 lines 8-15 of Luke’s Gospel) Mary saw the Shepherds and thought about what the angel had told her, the Shepherds saw the child and sung to God for everyone to hear.
The birth of Jesus is very important to Christians because it is the incarnation of God becoming a human through his son, Jesus. All of the stories within all the Gospels show that people can make mistakes and the most important thing is to believe in God and trust in him; these thoughts of many Christians are shown in Zechariah’s song in Luke’s gospel. This passage shows that God is with us at all times.
Explains why celebrating Christmas is important
Christmas is a very important time for Christians because it is a celebration of the birth of their saviour, the Son of God. His birth was a start of a new covenant and the fulfilment of the old one. Christmas is to celebrate the birth; a new life this time is a chance for Christians to re-new their faith. “This very day in David’s town your Saviour was born – Christ the Lord!” (Verse 2 line 11 of Luke’s gospel)
Christmas is also a time for giving and receiving gifts from the people around who you care for and care for you. This tradition was picked up from the very beginning when the Shepherds brought gifts for baby Jesus. Not only the Shepherds gave gifts but later in Jesus’ life he gave himself to save the people from their own sins: “The Son of Man will die as God has decided.” (Verse 22, line 22 of Luke’s gospel)
The birth of Jesus is very important to Christians because it was a time that God saw all men equal; he sent for the wises men and the local Shepherds to see his son. This shows that anybody can be a Christian, rich or poor. Furthermore it was the time that God was incarnated through Jesus; therefore this is significant because God became a mortal.
Finally it is a time for Christian to show agape love to those around them. It is a time to put family problems aside to celebrate a miracle of a birth and the arrival of the Christian Messiah. “Jesus said: ‘Forgive them, Father! They don’t know what they are doing.'”(Verse 23, line 34 of Luke’s gospel)
Christmas should be celebrated one day a year. Do you agree? Why and explore different points of view.
Christmas day is in our calendar and everyone looks forward to the day; but is it the idea of having the people you love around you or is it the expensive gifts people look forward to?
Many people feel that Christmas is too commercialised and people have lost the true meaning of Christmas and therefore should be limited to one day a year: “This very day in David’s town your Saviour was born – Christ the Lord!” (Verse 2, line 11 of Luke’s gospel) Personal I feel that I am not one of these people I feel that a true Christian should celebrate the birth of Jesus everyday and should not wait for a certain day to do so: “I’m of the opinion that Christmas should be celebrated seven days a week, 24 hours a day all year round,” he said. “That’s what I’m waiting for. People should have the same attitude they have at Christmas all year round.” Taken from Rev. James Wallbridge.
The Christmas holiday really begins on the first day of Advent, which represent the four disciples: Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. It is also a count down to the four weeks until Christmas; when each week passes a candle is lit.
There are Christians who refuse to celebrate Christmas, because they believe it is unbiblical. Other Christians cannot imagine not celebrating Christmas. Still others feel that Christmas is for Christians only and non-believers should not be allowed to celebrate the holiday because they don’t know Christ.