I was attending a state-run primary school recently, during which time a teacher asked the class some basic, simple questions about the origin of Christmas. Surprisingly few children knew much about it. Most of the class didn’t even know the names of Jesus’ parents, or who Jesus was. So here, for your information, is the true Christmas story, taken directly from the Bible:
Christmas is a celebration of the birth of a male child born a little over 2000 years ago, during the days of Caesar Augustus. The child was named Jesus, which means Saviour. His parents, Joseph, his legal father, and Mary, his biological mother, were related by direct bloodline to king David. His birth was announced by angels and marked by a brilliant star, which hovered over the building in which he lay. Many hundreds of years before his birth, the star, and more than 200 other specific details about him were predicted. For example:
He would be born in a town called Bethlehem; his mother would be a virgin; and when he grew up, he would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver; he would die for all sinners; he would be buried in a rich man’s tomb; he would have his hands and feet pierced (as in crucifixion); and rise from the grave.
During his ministry Jesus raised the dead, healed all varieties of sickness, restored limbs and organs, and caused a small amount of food to feed thousands of people. He displayed power over the weather, stilled a storm, walked on the sea, and changed water into wine. He was also seen to be completely free of sin, and he spoke words which remain as the wisest ever spoken.
Christmas is a celebration of the coming of God’s Son Jesus, the kindest, most compassionate and perfect human who has ever walked this earth. Being the Son of God, Jesus was the perfect representation of God, so if you want to know what God, the real, true God, is like, read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These four booklets give us a perfect, four-sided portrait of God. Christmas is a time to remember that there really is a God, and that he continues to love this wicked world no matter how evil or rebellious it gets. Christmas reminds us that God – the true God, not Buddha or some other fictional fake – does not simply watch us in some detached, mystical or remote way, but has actually walked our streets, and shared our pain. It was for us that he came as a child, and for us that he died: the Bible says he is the world’s Saviour, and future Judge and King, so if you are a Christian, rejoice.
If you are a Christian, walk in the light, show by your life that you love Jesus. Obey Him as far as you can. Obey Him morally and spiritually. Obey Him in your speech, your actions, your choices, your choices. Show people you are different from, and not the same as the world. Why would anyone be attracted to Jesus if you were the same as the people who live without Him?
But if you are NOT a Christian, tremble with fear, because Jesus is also your future Judge, and if you have refused His death in your place, you must die that death yourself.
And if you are wondering whether the devil rules your life… the Bible says unbelievers are “taken captive by him (the devil) AT HIS WILL”. In other words, if you reject the Lordship of Jesus, you accept, by default, the leadership of His opponent the devil, and you will share in the devil’s punishment.