Some have too simple of a view of Christmas. They view it as a recent phenomenon of human convention. While some of the cultural aspects of the holiday are man-made, it is important for Christians to realize that the message of Christmas is eternal in nature. Since before time began, God had a plan to reconcile man and woman to Himself. Scripture speaks of the way in which Jesus’ work of salvation was ordained “from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). Seen in this way, Christmas is much more than a mere day on a calendar. It is a celebration that commemorates a pivotal juncture in human history. Furthermore, the message associated with Christ’s birth isn’t just a New Testament type of thing. Nearly every page of the Bible oozes with nuances concerning the nativity. Given the grandiose nature of Christ’s birth, the event ought to hold a place of prominence in our hearts and minds! Consider the way in which God’s Word speaks of Christmas from different places in Scripture:
Christmas in the Garden of Eden
When Satan deceived Adam and Eve into violating God’s commands, the Lord pronounced a curse on him, saying, “I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15). The Lord’s edict contains the first mention of Christ in the Bible. At Christmas we celebrate God’s plan to defeat Satan!
Christmas and Abraham
When the Lord sought to establish a nation through which He could deliver His promised Messiah, He called a man named Abram out of his homeland, saying, “Go out from your land…I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:1-3). The Lord’s call envisioned a day in which a descendant of Abram would bring blessing to all of humanity. At Christmas we celebrate God’s plan to give salvation to people from all nations!
Christmas and King David
When David was king of Israel, the Lord made a promise to preserve his kingdom forever, saying, “I will raise up after you your descendant…Your house and kingdom will endure before me forever” (2 Samuel 7:12-16). The Lord’s promise foretold of a day in which Jesus would rule on earth. At Christmas we celebrate the hope we have of one day living in a perfect place forever and ever!
Christmas and the Prophets
When Isaiah preached to a rebellious nation, the Lord inspired him to prophesy, “He was pierced because of our rebellion, crushed because of our iniquities…and we are healed by his wounds” (Isaiah 53:5). The Lord’s announcement was a prediction of the way in which Jesus would bring restoration to souls. At Christmas we celebrate the spiritual and emotional healing we can experience in Jesus!
Christmas and the Lion’s Den
When the prophet Daniel was in captivity, the Lord told him of a day in which “the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing” (Daniel 9:26). The Lord’s prophecy alluded to the way in which the Messiah would have to suffer for sins. At Christmas we celebrate the forgiveness we have in Christ!
Dr. Patrick Latham