Why do we celebrate Christmas? | What is Christmas?


Question: “Why do we celebrate Christmas?” In this video I’ll answer that question
from a biblical perspective. Afterwards, I’ll share some helpful resources,
so stick around until the end. Christians the world over celebrate Christmas
in honor of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Various Christmas traditions have been associated
with the celebration of Christmas, and different cultures celebrate different ways. The unifying factor is the historical fact
that Jesus was born, c. 5 BC. The angel who appeared to the shepherds the
night of Jesus’ birth said, “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all
the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been
born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord”. We celebrate Christmas because, as the angel
said, the birth of Jesus Christ is “good news.” Good news is meant to be celebrated. In fact, the angel said the news of Jesus’
birth would cause “great joy” and would be “for all the people”—the joyful celebration
would be universal. People around the globe would be glad for
this occasion. We celebrate Christmas because, as the angel
said, “A Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” The three titles the angel applies to Jesus
are important. Jesus is the Savior who delivers us from sin
and death. He is the human Messiah (or Christ) who fulfills
the Law and the Prophets, showing that God is faithful. And He is the divine Lord who has entered
our world: the Almighty has taken on human flesh; God and man have been fused together
in an indivisible, eternal bond; God is truly with us. In celebrating Christmas, we celebrate the
Savior, because we needed deliverance. We celebrate the Christ in whom all of God’s
promises are “Yes” and “Amen”. We celebrate the Lord who in humility took
on “the very nature of a servant” for our sakes. We celebrate Christmas with gift-giving because
of the “indescribable gift” that God gave to us. We celebrate Christmas by stringing lights
because the Light of the world has come to us. We celebrate Christmas with carols and choirs
because they are expressive of joy and follow the examples of Mary and Zachariah and Simeon
and the angels, all of whom extoled the Lord in poetry. We celebrate Christmas by decorating evergreen
trees with stars and angels and tinsel because of the eternal life Jesus brings—and stars
and angels and beauty were all associated with Jesus’ birth. In celebrating Christmas we celebrate the
love and condescension of God. In Texas in 1987, a toddler by the name of
Jessica McClure fell into an eight-inch well casing. Down she went, becoming stuck twenty-two feet
below ground. Once people discovered that “Baby Jessica”
was in the well, they took immediate action. They didn’t tell her to find a way to climb
back up, and they didn’t just shout happy thoughts to encourage her. No, they went down to where she was and got
her. They did whatever it took. Rescuers worked nonstop for fifty-eight hours
to free her. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve fell. Down they went, dragging all humanity with
them into the darkness and death of sin. And what did God do? He did not tell us to find our own way out
of the mess we were in, and He did more than shout down happy thoughts to us from heaven. No, He came down to where we were and got
us. That’s what Christmas is all about—God’s
coming down to rescue us, to do whatever it took to deliver us from sure death. When even one person is in a life-threatening
situation, we understand what has to be done. When God looked down at our sinful planet,
He saw a whole world of people in mortal danger. We celebrate Christmas because it was at Christmastime
that the Rescuer of all mankind came to save us from the hopeless situation we were in. God did not stay in heaven; He came down to
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