Would Jesus Endorse the Celebration of Christmas?
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If Jesus were here on earth today, would He endorse or celebrate Christmas?
After all, it’s supposed to commemorate His birthday, right?
As the Son of God, it would be the grandest affair imaginable.
Would He take a leading role in planning, coordinating, and executing His own grandiose and elaborate Christmas party?
Will He use His full powers and influence to create a majestic and matchless worldwide celebration?
Will He Perpetuate Christmas Traditions?
As the very Son of God, will He make them even more magnificent?
Will lights and decorations embellish and flood all homes, cities, and nations around this world?
Will non-Christian nations undergo a crash-course to be educated in, and forced to celebrate Christmas?
Will Christmas parties with unlimited food be the greatest once-a-year event around the world, to honor and maintain this 4,000-year custom and tradition?
The true answers to these questions are very important, crucial, and pivotal because we are all supposed to obey His commands, follow in His footsteps, and live His way of life. But first…
A Brief History of Christmas
Obviously, Christ would know these Christmas facts. But let’s briefly review.
The practices connected with Christmas started about 4,000 years ago, long before He was born.
In the library is a very old book, published in 1953, titled 4000 Years of Christmas, written by Dr. Earl W. Count, a Professor of Anthropology at Hamilton College in New York. In this book, he documents his research on this subject through four millennia.
Brumalia is the ancient Roman-era predecessor of Christmas. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines it as follows:
Brumalia: a pagan festival held at the winter solstice from which some features of the celebration of Christmas seem to have originated.
The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, in its article on “Christmas,” explains its development into modern times:
How much the date of the festival depended upon the pagan Brumalia (Dec. 25) following the Saturnalia (Dec. 17-24) and celebrating the shortest day in the year … cannot be accurately determined. [Because] the pagan Saturnalia and Brumalia were too deeply entrenched in popular custom … The pagan festival with its riot and merrymaking was so popular that Christians were glad of an excuse to continue its celebration with little change …
Christmas Controversy article on Wikipedia:
[Because of its history] Christmas has … been the subject of controversy and attacks from various sources. Historically it was prohibited by Puritans when they briefly held power in England during the English Interregnum (1649–1660), and in Colonial America where the Puritans outlawed the celebration of Christmas in 1659. The Parliament of Scotland, which was dominated by Presbyterians, passed a series of acts outlawing the observance of Christmas between 1637 and 1690; Christmas Day did not become a public holiday in Scotland until 1958. Christmas celebrations have also been prohibited by atheist states such as the Soviet Union and more recently majority of Muslim states…
If humans are greatly divided on this issue, what would be Jesus Christ’s view on the matter?
Before we can give an answer to this vital question, it’s important to know who Jesus Christ was before His human birth.
Jesus Christ Was the God of the Old Testament
In the New Testament, He was quoted as saying:
Before Abraham was, I AM
And talking about the Israelites’ wilderness history, the apostle Paul wrote:
… And they drank of that spiritual rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.
~1 Corinthians 10:4
The active God-Being in Old Testament times was the One who later became Jesus Christ. (For more details, please read our article, “Who Was the God of the Old Testament?”)
Would Jesus Christ Violate His Own Laws?
As the active God-Being (YAHWEH) in the Old Testament, He was the One who gave the laws and instructions to Israel and to the prophets. When He appeared as a Man on earth, commonly known as Jesus (His true name is Yahshua, meaning “Yahweh Saves”), it is therefore inconceivable that He Himself would violate His own laws and words.
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