Who Put Christ In
At this time of year we often
hear, "Keep Christ in Christmas." But, who put Him
1) Did God? God "sent the Son to be the Savior of the
world" (1 Jn. 4:14) and Jesus only acted or spoke on His Father's authority
(Jn. 6:38; 12:49). But, where in the New Testament (NT) did the Father give the
Son instructions for celebrating His birth? The birth of Jesus was the Father's
will (Gal. 4:4) and Matthew and Luke record it. But, did God put Christ in the
tradition celebrated as Christmas? No, God never gave instructions for
"Christmas" anywhere in the NT. So, God didn't put Christ in Christmas.
2) Did Jesus? Jesus has all authority (Mt. 28:18). So, did
the founder, foundation and head of the church (Mt. 16:18; Col. 1:18) put
Himself in Christmas? Where in the NT did He say so? In what NT passage did He
teach His disciples to celebrate Christmas? It cannot be found, thus, Jesus did
not put Christ in Christmas.
3) Did the Holy Spirit? Jesus promised the apostles the
Spirit would guide them "into all truth"(Jn. 16:12-15). Perhaps the
Spirit put Christ in Christmas? If so, we must accept His word keeping "Christ
in Christmas" for to reject the Spirit is to reject God (1 Cor. 2:10-13; cf.
Acts 5:3,4,9). But, the Spirit never even revealed the word "Christmas" in the
NT. So, the Spirit certainly did not put Christ in Christmas.
4) Did the Apostles? To reject the word of the apostles is
to reject the word of Christ and God (Lk. 10:16; 1 Cor. 14:37; 1 Thess.
4:1,2,8). The "apostles' doctrine" is "the doctrine of the
Lord" (Acts 2:42; 13:12). Perhaps the apostles put Christ in Christmas?
Most allege that "keeping Christ in Christmas" is an important duty; so surely
we should find the first devoted disciples of the Lord doing so. But, no where
in the NT do we find disciples at the behest of the apostles observing
Christmas. So, the apostles did not put Christ in Christmas.
The facts are, "scholars believe Christmas
originated in the 4th century as a Christian substitute for pagan celebrations
of the winter solstice" and "The Bible provides no guidelines that explain how
Christmas should be observed, nor does it even suggest that it should be
considered a religious holiday." (www.encarta.msn.com
Friends, the Bible is silent concerning the
observance of any religious holiday connected with Jesus' birth. If we heed Paul
and Peter's admonitions not to go "above that which is written" (1 Cor.
4:6) and "If any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God" (1
Pet. 4:11) we will not "keep Christ in Christmas" nor celebrate it as a
"religious holiday". To "keep Christ in Christmas" is to follow the traditions
of man and it is being "turned from the truth" (Titus 1:14) and
"turned aside to fables" (2 Tim. 4:4) making our worship vain (Mt.