Christmas is Not a Holiday! It’s a Major Event that Brought Salvation into the World!

December 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM 5 comments

by Fred DeRuvo

As beautiful as this scene may be, Christmas is not about a tree. It's about the Savior.

As beautiful as this scene may be, Christmas is not about a tree. It’s about the Savior.

Today we continually hear the ramblings of the left who want to essentially eliminate Christmas from the public sector. They even want to remove the word “Christmas” from the English language. Instead, they want this time of year simply referred to as a “holiday” or preferably, they want to pump up Kwanza to replace Christmas.

For those who don’t know, Kwanza was essentially invented by “Ron Karenga (aka Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga)…in 1966, branding it a black alternative to Christmas. The idea was to celebrate the end of what he considered the Christmas-season exploitation of African Americans.”

The problem with Kwanza is manifold, but most couldn’t care less because it serves a purpose. That purpose is to eradicate Christmas itself. “There is no part of Kwanzaa that is not fraudulent. Begin with the name. The celebration comes from the Swahili term ‘matunda yakwanza,’ or ‘first fruit,’ and the festival’s trappings have Swahili names — such as ‘ujima’ for collective work and responsibility or ‘muhindi,’ which are ears of corn celebrants set aside for each child in a family.”

Yet, in spite of this fraud, Kwanza is something that many in America are grasping at in order to find a way to replace Christmas. When I say replace Christmas, I’m not talking about replacing the commercialism, the paganism, and all the rest that the world has placed over the reality of Christmas. I’m talking about the actual event of Christmas.

I’m also very aware of the fact that Jesus was not born on December 25th, but that day was taken by the Roman Catholic Church to replace several pagan festivals that also occur on the same day. “December 25 already hosted two other related festivals: natalis solis invicti (the Roman ‘birth of the unconquered sun’), and the birthday of Mithras, the Iranian ‘Sun of Righteousness’ whose worship was popular with Roman soldiers. The winter solstice, another celebration of the sun, fell just a few days earlier. Seeing that pagans were already exalting deities with some parallels to the true deity, church leaders decided to commandeer the date and introduce a new festival.” The first real celebration of Christmas on December 25 for the west took place around AD 336.

Since that time, it has grown into what it has become. Apparently, Satan isn’t content to have buried Christmas in commercialism and paganism. Now, he has moved to have it fully replaced with Kwanza. If that doesn’t work out, he’ll use something else. The reason is clear. The birth of Christ – whenever it occurred – meant the beginning of Satan’s downfall because it ultimately leads to the cross. This is what Satan does not want people to learn, because they might be saved.

Jesus was born into this world as a fully human child and given as a son by the Father. “For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given,” (Isaiah 9:6). With this one sentence, we see in Jesus His full humanity as well as His full deity. Jesus, the Eternal Son (His position within the triune Godhead), was given by the Father to humanity in order to become a ransom for many (cf. Matthew 20:28). Jesus is not only the reason for the season as many are fond of saying. He is the precious gift of the Father to a world filled with sinful, fallen, rebellious humanity.

Jesus was also born into this world, proving that He is fully human with a physical human body. By being born into the human race, He was able offer His sinless life as an atonement for all of humanity. All that is left is for each person to embrace (or reject) that truth individually.

I recall Christopher Hitchens in a live debate with an evangelical, state that one of his biggest problems with Christianity was the vicarious death (my paraphrase). The reason he had a problem with it was because of his view of Jesus. He saw Jesus as purely human only. To Hitchens, “God” simply chose a human being to carry the sin of all humanity to the cross and thereby become the propitiation for humanity. In such a scenario, I could see why Hitchens would have a problem with it.

Unfortunately for Hitchens, that’s not the way it worked. Humanity had fallen due to their own rebellion. A Savior was needed, Someone who would willingly allow God’s wrath to be poured out on that one Person so that God would not have to pour it out on all people (unless they deliberately and individually rejected that salvation up to their death). The Bible tells us “[God] made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him,” 2 Corinthians 5:21. Jesus was without sin. You either accept that truth or you reject it.

God could not simply have chosen a human being to become that Savior because He would be choosing from a humanity that was already stained by sin and had the indwelling sin nature. In the virgin birth, Jesus was protected from receiving the sin nature since Mary had been impregnated by God, not Joseph.

In the end, God chose to take Himself (in the Person of God the Eternal Son, Jesus) and become a human being by being born into humanity. Did He leave His deity behind Him? Not at all and Philippians 2 tells us the process that Jesus went through to become fully human while retaining all of His deity. In other words, God’s perfection required the law to be met perfectly before He could grant salvation to sinners. Because of this, He took it upon Himself to become what the law required. He – as the GodMan – lived sinlessly and paid the ultimate price in order that we might have the opportunity for salvation.

God’s laws required a sacrifice to satisfy those requirements. He paid it Himself by volunteering for the task. It’s that simple, yet that difficult for us to understand all the nuances of what that means.

When Jesus was born into this world, He was born to die. He was given by the Father as the most precious gift God could give. We see this in the instance of Abraham preparing to sacrifice Isaac, the promised son in Genesis 22. Incidentally, the exact place where Abraham nearly sacrificed Isaac was the same place where Jesus died on Calvary’s cross generations later. What Abraham almost did would not have been seen as odd or even murderous then because this was a normal practice of many fathers – to sacrifice their children to Molech and other gods. Christmas and Good Friday are forever connected.

Satan would love nothing more than to destroy the actual meaning of Christmas. He must continue because Christmas is the reminder of his impending doom. It points to the cross and Satan’s defeat.

This is why the unsaved world is hostile to the true meaning of Christmas. They are in Satan’s kingdom of darkness so why should they not reflect his attitude and demeanor?

This is also why many have no problem condemning Christians and Christianity, but essentially leave Islam untouched. Why shouldn’t they, since Islam is something that Satan himself created to keep millions of people (Muslims) from seeing the truth? Why would Satan encourage the world to attack or question the teachings of Islam? It would not make sense.

In the meanwhile, Christians need to be aware that Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth of our Savior, a birth that leads to His sacrificial death. He is the gift that the Father gives to us. We cannot lose sight of that.

When people wish me a “Happy Holiday!” I respond with “Merry Christmas!” Without Jesus, there would be no Christmas. He and He alone is the actual reason for the season. We celebrate the birth of the only One who has the ability to offer each one of us salvation. As the Bible tells us, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved,” (Acts 4:12).

It all starts with His birth.

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5 Comments

  • 1. libslayer2013  |  December 20, 2013 at 5:47 PM

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  • 2. Lester  |  December 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Why propagate it Fred? Little children have it ingrained in their minds and the mind gets set in the tradition and not in the reality. So Many lies fostered on the young. santa is a lie, the day Jesus was born, a lie! On and on it goes, tooth fairy, easter bunny and by the way Jesus is the resurrection and not a day! We think we do God service by making these days special to save mankind. Problem is we must be careful not to be like the Pharisees making proselytes the children of the devil! Most all these days were created by the pope of Rome. I know that in the early centuries fellowships celebrated the Resurrection but it was in a much different manner than today after Rome got hold of it. As Sherry has said, come out of her and be separate. Of course Rome calls all protestants separated brethren! “Brethren” brothers in the same cloth? Put away the garment of the flesh. Oh well anyway, Dito Sherry! And Fred, have a happy season in celebrating Jesus with family and friends!

    • 3. modres  |  December 20, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Hey Lester,

      I don’t see myself as propagating it. I see myself as clarifying it.

      When I was young, yes, I believed in Santa, the Easter Bunny, and other things to boot.

      You (and Sherry) make some good points. I appreciate your sharing them.

  • 4. Sherry  |  December 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    You mean the birth of Christ, not the Christ mass, which is about the birth of the sun-god Tammuz-it is his birth date after all. I can’t picture Jesus being pleased with it. Do you celebrate your wife’s birthday on an ex-girlfriend’s date of birth? If you did you’d be understanding at her anger for it and stop doing it. Just as a rose is still a rose by any other name, this heathen god is still Tammuz though you call him Jesus.It matters what God says about this man-made helliday, X Mass, not what you believe in your heart. Paganism is unredeemable which is why God told Israel to utterly destroy all vestiges of it and to not learn the pagan ways to worship Him with. Have you seen how the Wiccans celebrate the birth of their sun-god child? It is their ways that the Church has adopted, er, hijacked. The decorated tree. for number one! And the Nativity set. They have done it this way loooong before Jesus’ birth. Its no different than the Christians do it for their Saviour-sad, because He really should be set apart and worshiped in spirit and in truth. God did not make these things holy, man did and that’s offering strange fire before God. God sees two types of worship-those to the pagan sun-god and those to Him. If our worship of Him is just like the worship that Israel gave to God when they syncretized with the pagan ways and God judged them severely for it then He will have to judge His Church for doing the same. But the men of the Church let their children and wives rule over them. They have to make Paul agreeable to “christianizing” pagan ways so they can have their “liberty” to celebrate this abominable helliday. I call them Christmas worshipers because they disobey God and prefer their helliday over what He has said about it.

    And those of us who used to celebrate X Mass but the Lord has called us to “come out of her” are accused of being the consciously weaker brothers and sisters…lol!

    It highly offends me that everyone is deceived by Satan in calling the birth of our precious Lord and Saviour “The Christmas Story.” It is not. It is the beginning of The GOSPEL Story. If only God would cause His children to grieve over the things that grieve Him. If only His children would desire to know of the lies that they are believing as truth and to repent of them! Oh, that they would desire to know Him, the only true God, and His Son whom He has sent leaving no room for Tammuz! May God open the eyes of understanding to His children! That Jesus will say, I never knew you, to those who worshiped Him according to the ways of the pagan god…Sigh…~ ‘Tis the season to return to Babylon/Rome for this pagan/papist celebration! As if the other 364 days aren’t good enough to celebrate Christ’s birth in thanking our Father for sending Him to redeem us and in sharing the full Gospel story (the whole council of God).

    Merry Tammuzmas!~

    “Time is the ally of deceit.”
    Christmas: The most important pagan birthday
    http://www.wnd.com/2013/12/christmas-the-most-important-pagan-birthday/#cYjIEXhvd2mq6GoI.01

    • 5. modres  |  December 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      When I say, “Merry Christmas,” I am literally saying, “Merry Christ’s Birth!”

      How many people today do you think recall any of the ancient pagan festivals when someone says “Merry Christmas”? Many might think of the Roman Catholic Church and their “mass,” but they will also STILL think of Jesus, His birth in a cave that smelled.

      My goal is to return a “Merry Christmas” or “I hope you have a wonderful Christmas” or “Remember the reason for the season!” for “Happy Holidays” because it gets the focus where it should be. Christmas is not a holiday where people have a day or two off from work, enjoy family and friends, and exchange gifts. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of the Savior of the World and THAT’S what I’m trying to get people to think about.

      I truly understand where you are coming from (to be the best of my ability without ever having been Roman Catholic), but I would rather hear people speak of the “story of Christmas” than Kwanza or “holiday cheer” or something else.

      In 2013, we are so far removed from the origins of the mass held at Christmas (for the unchurched anyway), that if I can get them to start thinking of the fact that Jesus is celebrated for His birth and eventual death, then I’m glad.

      Ask 10 people what Tammuz refers to you and they’ll look at you like you are speaking a foreign language. The same applies to Mithras.

      People DO understand that Christmas is about Jesus which is why many of them work so hard to eradicate the very thought of Him during this time.

      I think the original idea of celebrating the birth of Jesus during the time when pagan celebrations were also being done was a great idea. Satan would not let that stand though and why should he?

      For most people today, Christmas has simply become a time of gift exchange and enjoying life. Yet, if you asked most people what Christmas represents, I think that most would say it has something to do with Jesus. That’s a good place to start and as Christians, we need to take what we are given and go from there.

      I celebrate Christmas because of Jesus and while I realize over the years, I have allowed some of the commercialism to creep in, I can do a great deal to help people understand why the birth of Christmas should be celebrated, but not in the way they may often do it.

      If you believe that God has called you out of celebrating Christmas altogether, that’s fine, Sherry. I certainly do not see you as the “weaker sister” for doing so. I use this time of year to take every chance I get to introduce people to the true meaning of it.

      For me, how can I NOT celebrate the birth of Christ, my Savior? How can I not send cards to people that state the reality of this time of year? It’s a perfect excuse! šŸ™‚


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